Did you happen to read Monday’s New York Times article “Republicans From the West Give Support for Gay Marriage“? The article notes that 20 Republicans including former Senator Alan K. Simpson of Wyoming, a longtime supporter of gay rights, and former Senator Nancy L. Kassebaum of Kansas, who said last year that she had reconsidered her former opposition to same-sex marriage, would send a brief urging a federal appeals court to declare gay marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma unconstitutional.
I find this interesting because as the Times journalist writes, “The brief was the latest sign of widening cracks in Republican opposition to same-sex marriage, even deep in the country’s conservative heartland.” With the majority of the public now supporting marriage equality a growing number of Republicans find themselves at odds with the more conservative elements of their party.
A fissure along social policy is a rare thing to see among Republicans, but I’m not about to celebrate this move until more prominent individuals come forward. If this continues to gain traction it could create for a feisty Republican Presidential primary, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
Move over Alabama, it appears that Arizona would like to be the poster child for intolerance and religious zealotry in the United States.
Not quite content with their checkered past with regards to race relations; remember how Arizona lost their bid to host the 1993 Superbowl because their refusal to recognize MLK day or the xenophobic immigration legislation from 2010 that raised eyebrows and the ire of Latinos? This past month Arizona turned its bigoted gaze on ‘the gays’ when the state legislature passed SB1062, legalizing discrimination under the guise of religious freedom.
I’m not fooled by Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of this bill. Pressure from politicians (from her own party), the business community and the public made Gov Brewer’s veto inevitable. Well done Arizona – you’re quickly becoming our most backward and bigoted state.
What an inconvenient truth.
I would have no issue making religious institutions pay taxes the same as any other business and making all ‘donations’ to such institutions no longer tax deductible. If people want to support such organizations I have no issue with that but why such financial contributions should be tax deductible is a mystery to me.
Yesterday, the traditionally conservative but trending progressive state of Virginia got a little more progressive when a Federal judge ruled that Virginia’s marriage ban is unconstitutional.
What a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift for the thousands of LGBT couples who call Virginia home. This was the second favorable ruling on marriage equality from a Southern state in as many days; a judge in Kentucky ruled on Wednesday that the Bluegrass state had to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. The Virginia judge’s ruling follows similar decisions in Utah and Oklahoma federal courts.
Want to read more? Check out the Huffington Post article, here.
I’m surprised that The Westboro Baptist Church isn’t actually attending the Sochi Olympics or at a minimum visiting Russia which seems equally fixated on homosexuality. Maybe FOX News could arrange a one way flight for the church and their ‘flock’.
Not only do I think Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims is damn sexy, but I also agree with his politics – which in a strange way makes him even more sexy (incidentally didn’t even know that was possible).
So imagine my frustration when I Googled “Shirtless Brian Sims” hoping to feature him as this week’s Furry Friday (he MUST have a hairy chest) and nothing came up?!? Where is the justice? Has Brian never been photographed without his shirt? I think Pennsylvanians should immediately pass a law mandating Brian should be photographed shirtless. Until that time you’ll have to satisfy your more base desires with these devastatingly handsome photos of this progressive, out and proud State Rep. whom I hope we will eventually see on the national platform.
P.S. Brian… Like the song says, “Please come to Boston” or better yet, Provincetown this summah.
CNN is reporting that US Attorney General Eric Holder says he is set to extend the federal government’s recognition of same-sex marriages even in the 34 states that don’t consider it legal.
Eric Holder is expected to deliver this message tonight in NYC at the Human Rights Campaign gala dinner. I love the timing of this which happens to coincide with the Olympic Games and just a week before Valentine’s Day. I wonder how many more marriage proposals will be made this coming Friday? The NYT has more information about this here.
And that my friends is why I look beyond mere pocket book issues and often times vote against my own economic interests, because if you think for one minute a Romney Administration would make such a move, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.
Scotland’s first same-sex marriages are set to take place later this year after the Scottish parliament voted to pass the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill by a margin of 105-18 earlier today.
Let’s face it men in kilts are sexy and when you have two men in kilts it is twice as sexy so it looks like marriage just got a whole lot more sexy. Apparently, Timberlake isn’t the only one bringing sexy back. More information about Scotland’s landmark vote here.
I feel like this woman’s sign articulates the logic of gun control. I recognize I’m in the distinct minority of Americans who believe nobody should have a gun unless it is for hunting or you are in the military or police. Incidentally, the list below details the number of school shootings since Newtown, CT’s tragedy in Dec 2012. What a sad indictment of America. Makes me really wonder if we are truly the home of the brave if we can’t stand up to the N.R.A.
Not sure if there has actually been a school shooting since I wrote this post on 15-Jan.
Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto (D) has backed off of the brief she submitted for the Sevick v. Sandoval case that is challenging Nevada’s ban on same sex marriage. In her brief response, filed last Tuesday, the A.G. suggested that allowing gay couples to being married is tantamount to bigamy and incest.
While I firmly believe all arguments are highly suspect and hypocritical, it seems even more obscene considering Nevada’s reputation for ridiculing the institution of marriage. Perhaps the Nevada A.G. might like to consider Ms. Spear’s mockery of a marriage to Jason Alexander that lasted 50+ hours or the circus-like atmosphere perpetuated by the countless number of “wedding chapels” in Nevada before she postulates about the sanctity of marriage and the values of Nevada residents.
You can read more about here inane comments on Towleroad here
Peter Monn and Alex Paredes are a couple who live in Indianapolis. I first chatted with them a few years ago on Twitter and check in with them via their blog Raannt.com from time to time.
Last week they wrote a post that I thought I’d share. Click the link below to Raannt.com to get the perspective of a married gay couple living in red state in the Midwest.
Dear Annie, This is How Indiana’s Gay Marriage Ban Will Affect Me.
Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas and current FOX News host, had this to say about Democrats and women yesterday. Rumor has it Huckabee is contemplating another Presidential run. With drivel like this I’m sure many Democrats hope he runs again as well.
“If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are hopeless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them with their prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it”
What a schmuck. Want to read more about this? Link Here.
Last month I wrote about my friend Chris Remmes who was considering challenging Eugene O’Flaherty 2nd Suffolk State Representative seat. Recently Rep. O’Flaherty has announced he will be stepping down in February to join Mayor Walsh’s administration opening the door for a special election.
I wanted to give Chris another shout out and wish him luck. He’s lived in Charlestown for 20 years. He has been a longtime civic activist and currently serves as Charlestown’s Democratic Ward Chair. If you’d like to learn more or reach out and help Chris in his effort to win this open seat, please visit, remmes.org.
Another red state has been told their marriage ban is unconstitutional. Yesterday, a federal judge said the ban is “an arbitrary, irrational exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a governmental benefit.”
Judge Terence C. Kern of United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma said the state’s amendment, is based on “moral disapproval” and does not advance the state’s asserted interests in promoting heterosexual marriage or the welfare of children.
First Utah, now Oklahoma? These are some of the most conservative states in the US. Those opposing marriage equality must be foaming at the mouth and I’m kind of loving it. You can read the NYT article here.