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Marriage Rates Have Dropped 20% Since DOMA

We know “death panels” are a lie. Pity we don’t have them for immoral laws. DOMA and DADT would be on the list. But there is hope. “The Respect for Marriage Act,” a bill repealing 1996’s Defense of Marriage Act — which outlaws federal recognition of same-sex marriages, and allows states to neither recognize nor legalize same-sex marriage — was introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Washington Blade reports,

“Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) are the lead co-sponsors of the measure along with Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Nydia Velazquez (D-NY). The bill would also provide same-sex couples with federal benefits and protections from a valid marriage from a state where same-sex marriages are legal if the couple moves or travels to another state, according to the Human Rights Campaign.”

DOMA, The Defense of Marriage Act, is an assault on same-sex couples, any individual who might one day hope for a same-sex union, and, ironically, perhaps, on the actual institution of marriage itself. If there ever were a “death panel,” DOMA should be its target. “Traditional marriage” proponents – those who decry any attempt that would allow same-sex couples the benefits, rights, and responsibilities of legal, civil marriage, are fighting hard to “protect marriage.” But their fight is at best, misguided. The Maggie Gallaghers and Brian Browns of this world, who fill their personal coffers with beggings begot of fear and hatred, then use the leftovers to pay for media campaigns that unleash their bigotry on those Americans willing to buy it, aren’t protecting marriage. And marriage, as an institution, is in trouble. The decline in rates of marriage are staggering. Simply put, the rate of couples marrying declined 13.5% from 2000 to 2008. But long-term it’s much more drastic: From 1950 to 2008, the rate of marriage declined 36%. These numbers do not even examine divorce rates. Maggie Gallagher’s National Organization for Marriage, (a misnomer if there ever were,) sent an “Urgent Alert” today, doing what NOM does best: instill fear and hatred, and then ask to be paid for it. (And paid handsomely she is!) In the email, Brian Brown, NOM’s Executive Director, says,

“Marriage isn’t about inside-the-Beltway opportunism, or scoring political points. It’s about honesty and integrity. Protecting children and religious liberty.”

Well, not exactly, Brian. You see, marriage is about love and respect. Marriage is about building. Building trust, a family, a future. Together. The Defense of Marriage Act has nothing to do with defending marriage. If it did, it would have found ways for couples to build successful lives and families together. It would have created programs and opportunities that would have reversed the decline – that 36% decline – of people getting married. And, it would have reduced the rate of divorce. It has done none of this. In fact, the rate of marriage in the U.S. has dropped almost 20% since DOMA was enacted. Bill Clinton, who signed DOMA into law in 1996, favors its repeal, saying,

“Thirteen years later, the fabric of our country has changed, and so should this policy.”

“Throughout my life I have opposed discrimination of any kind,” Clinton said in the statement. “When the Defense of Marriage Act was passed, gay couples could not marry anywhere in the United States or the world for that matter. Thirteen years later, the fabric of our country has changed, and so should this policy.”

Despite what “traditional” marriage supporters would have you think, marriage, as an institution has changed. Think about marriages in 1950. Think about marriages today. There are few similarities. Except, for example, these (I’m sure you can think of a few others):

  • Couples want to live together
  • Couples want to support each other (“in sickness and in health”)
  • Couples want to share their lives with each other
  • Couples want to build a future together

All of which apply to same-sex couples who want to marry, but legally cannot. Whatever your personal views on marriage, it’s important that everyone have the legal right to marry if they choose. The time for full marriage equality is now. Show DOMA the death panel. Support The Respect for Marriage Act.

Sources: CDC: National Marriage and Divorce Rate Trends CDC: National Vital Statistics Reports (image: Zolk)

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Stefanik Was Once ‘Laser Focused on Electing Santos’ – Now She Blames Voters for Electing Him as She Backs Away



One of the most powerful Republicans in the House of Representatives, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), used her reputation and geographic proximity to help get fellow New York Republican George Santos elected to Congress. But now, as her donors and his express anger at being misled and lied to, and ahead of what appears to be a likely federal investigation and possible prosecution against the freshman GOP lawmaker, Stefanik is blaming voters for electing him to Congress: “Ultimately voters make this decision,” she said Tuesday.

Stefanik is the Chair of the House Republican Conference, a role she was first elected to when the now former Congresswoman, Liz Cheney, was thrown out of GOP leadership for telling the truth about the January 6 insurrection and Donald Trump. Stefanik was re-elected to her role after the November election.

Amid Santos announcing on Tuesday he is temporarily recusing himself from the two committees he was appointed to, Stefanik was asked if she regretted supporting his candidacy.

Indeed, one of the top reasons Santos was elected was Stefanik’s endorsement – and all the donor money that came with it.

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“Stefanik’s team was laser focused on electing Santos to Congress – more than just about any other race in the country,” a senior Republican strategist involved in campaigns before the midterms told CNN. “Another donor, who attended a fundraising luncheon with Stefanik and Santos, confirmed to CNN through a representative that ‘he donated to George Santos because of Elise Stefanik’s endorsement.'”

It wasn’t just her endorsements. It appears Stefanik took great interest in getting Santos elected. CNN also reported that a source “said that a top political aide for Stefanik was involved in campaigning for Santos. Multiple sources told CNN that aide was closely advising Santos’ campaign and involved in hiring people.”

Stefanik’s spokesperson denied the allegations.

In July, Santos tweeted that Stefanik “has been one of my strongest backers and closest friends. I fully stand with her vote today as she stood up for civil rights. I look forward to serving alongside her when I’m elected to Congress in November.”

In fact, this was the banner atop Santos’ Twitter account for a very long time, up until recently:

Here is Stefanik tweeting her “major announcement” – her endorsement of Santos – on August 11, 2001, more than a year before Election Day.

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“Excited to endorse my friend and fellow America First conservative George Santos for Congress in #NY03. @Santos4Congress will take on NYC liberal elites and bring a new generation of GOP leadership to NY and America. He has my full support!”

And in May of last year: “WOW! Great lunch event for @Santos4Congress! We raised over $100,000 to help George FLIP #NY03 George has my complete and total endorsement and come November, New Yorkers will send George to Congress! #SaveNewYork #SaveAmerica”

She literally told voters that electing George Santos to Congress will “Save New York” and “Save America.”

On Tuesday, Stefanik told voters something very different: it’s their fault they voted for him, she said, taking no responsibility for her endorsements.

“Like all of my colleagues, particularly in New York State, I supported George Santos as the nominee, and the people of his district voted to elect him,” she told reporters – not once mentioning there was no Republican primary and Santos automatically became the Republican party’s nominee.

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“Ultimately voters make this decision about who they elect to Congress,” Stefanik declared, wholly removing herself, her endorsements, and any possible assistance she or her campaign may have given to Santos or his campaign.

See the tweets and video above or at this link.

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Santos Recuses Himself From Committees Amid Possible Criminal Investigation



Embattled freshman U.S. Rep. George Santos (R-NY), in what is the first time he has taken any steps to acknowledge the depths of political and now possibly criminal challenges he faces, says he will recuse himself from his committee assignments until his ethics issues have been resolved.

Santos also told his Republican colleagues of his plans on Tuesday, NBC News reports. Santos is on the Science and Small Business committees.

The Daily Beast’s Roger Sollenberger, who has provided extensive reporting on the Republican frequently called a “serial liar,” adds that the Santos’ announcement came after a meeting with Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

“With all signs pointing to an active federal criminal investigation into his campaign finance activity, Santos has ‘voluntarily’ declined—after meeting last night with Kevin McCarthy—to stay off of committees, as Republicans try to sideline Ilhan Omar,” Sollenberger reports.

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Sollenberger broke the news that Santos, or his campaign, amended his FEC filing to indicate $625,000 in “personal” loans to his campaign were not actually from his personal funds.

Republicans are trying to keep U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), one of their regular, prime targets, from taking her seat on the Foreign Affairs Committee. Speaker McCarthy has already blocked Democratic Congressmen Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee, invoking his ability to do so because it is a Select committee and subject to the Speaker’s decisions.

MSNBC reported the breaking news on-air. Watch below or at this link.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change.

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2024 Fundraising Fail: Trump Took in Less Money After Declaring Run for President Than Before



Donald Trump, the candidate who in 2015 vowed he would self-fund his presidential campaign, only to turn his White House run into a never-ending fundraising operation, is having trouble raising money.

“I don’t need anybody’s money,” Trump said when he launched his campaign in June of 2015 – despite quietly accepting over $14 million in the months after.

The ex-president, under numerous criminal investigations and facing civil court cases, now is “strapped for campaign cash,” NBC News reveals in an exclusive report. The embattled and disgraced one-term president who remains his party’s top choice, took in less money in the six weeks after he officially launched his third attempt to enter the Oval Office than he did in the six weeks before his mid-November announcement.

Trump is now revamping his fundraising machine and hiring a new company, Campaign Inbox, “to solicit the small-dollar donor set.”

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The former president had built a massive fundraising database but decided to launch in November, which puzzled many experts. Some believe he did so in an attempt to evade any possible Dept. of Justice prosecutions. Even as far back as July those who know Trump predicted he would not only run for president again but launch his campaign early – to try to escape justice.

All this points to Trump returning to Facebook, if only to revive his “cash-strapped” campaign.

“Almost 50% of Republican donors log in to Facebook every single day,”Republican digital fundraising consultant Eric Wilson told NBC News, citing data from a survey connected to a nonprofit group he runs. “So if you are not able to reach those donors, you’re just at a huge fundraising disadvantage.”

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