Earlier this week the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) identified the most anti-equality elected officials in the US Congress. Ratings are based on past voting records, their introduction and co-sponsorship of anti-LGBT legislation, and their public statements.
Any wonder why I self-identify as a Democrat? While both parties are represented, this list is certainly weighted in favor of the Republican Party. I revile this party as a socially divisive, reactionary group that propagates hateful, xenophobic, misogynistic and homophobic legislation. While there are certainly exceptions, until there is a significant change in rhetoric and leadership, I can’t fathom supporting a national candidate who runs as a Republican.
I love this sign.
Marriage Equality Update from NYT: The Supreme Court on Monday denied review in all five pending same-sex marriage cases, clearing the way for such marriages to proceed in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.
The move was a major surprise and suggests that the justices are not going to intercede in the wave of decisions in favor of same-sex marriage at least until a federal appeals court upholds a state ban.
Vinny Minchillo, who worked on ads for Romney’s presidential campaign, recently told The New Republic that the #ImARepublican campaign is intended to help put an end to the partisan vitriol he feels is directed at his party.
Unfortunately for Minchillo this campaign only reaffirms the perceptions it was intended to challenge. In lieu of reaching out to Republicans they used stock photography. So the impression that Republicans care about the concerns of minorities or that one can be a Republican and an environmentalist seem to ring hollow.
We all know that there are people of color who vote Republican. We also all know that there are Republicans who care about the environment. However, this poorly executed campaign is unlikely to change perceptions and will be made the punchline of jokes…. Are you listening Weekend Update / SNL?
Living in Massachusetts it is easy to forget that there are cities and states around the country that do not have LGBT non-discrimination laws on the books.
While homophobia exists everywhere, there is power in having the law on your side and over time those laws influence behavior and help to change attitudes because the LGBT community is more welcomed and as a result able to live more openly.
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Outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Friday that the Department of Justice would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage rulings from lower courts.
Don’t think elections count? Think again. Can you imagine any Republican President’s administration arguing on behalf of and in defense of LGBT rights?
More on this here.
There are a number of conservative commentators who continue to receive a fair amount of mainstream (and left-leaning) media attention, virtually every time they open their mouth and I’m left scratching my head to wonder why. Their views are documented, no longer shocking and frankly uninteresting.
Shy of them saying they believe in science, nothing they say is either surprising or newsworthy anymore so don’t pretend it is and stop giving them the attention they crave. It is annoying.
I firmly believe that if they were no longer given air time (aside from that already provided on their talk radio shows and other conservative outlets like FOX News) they would quickly fade into obscurity. Whatever they once were, they are now essentially ratings whores looking for attention and saying whatever they think might create outrage and get them on major news networks. So can we just stop talking about them – that goes especially for left-leaning sites like MSNBC, Huffington Post, etc…