Connect with us

Breaking: Washington Passes Marriage Equality

Published

on

Just moments ago, the Washington State House passed a same-sex marriage equality bill 55-43. The bill was debated for just over two hours, and Republicans attempted to attach several anti-gay or hurdle amendments, but those failed, as they did last week when the Washington State Senate passed the bill. Washington Governor Christine Gregoire, who initiated the marriage bills, will sign it into law.

Interestingly, no one mentioned yesterday’s Prop 8 decision, which could offer support for their bill.

Rep. Jamie Pedersen (D), who chaired the judiciary committee that brought the bill to the full House floor, delivered and eloquent speech urging passage of the bill.

Overall, opponents of the marriage equality bill spoke vehemently about religion, God, the Bible, Leviticus, and the needs of the economy, completely misunderstanding what the bill was about.

Opponent after opponent of marriage equality relied on religion to express their views, many claiming they “do not judge,” that they “love everyone,” and yet used religion to vote against marriage equality. Unsurprisingly, all the lawmakers who opposed marriage equality thought all Christians opposed marriage equality, and thought all people were Christians. It was not only inappropriate but offensive.

Democratic Rep. Drew Hansen asked, “What if God is doing something new with this?,” as he discussed the fact that many Christians do support marriage equality.

Rep. Jay Rodne (R) said “this issue is not about civil rights, which are enshrined in the constitution… Certainly this issue meets none of those tests.” Rodne added, “I’m not ashamed to say I’m guided in my Catholic faith.”

Other comments by Rodne, who said if the bill passed, “I don’t know if I want to be here.”

“There’s no right to marry a person of the same-sex in our constitution.”

“There’s virtually no legal distinction. There’s co-equal recognition.”

“Are we really going to undermine the institution of marriage because of an inconvenience?”

“This bill is about validation.This bill is about acceptance. The proponents are not going to find validation or acceptance through a law or though marriage.”

“[The bill] severs cultural and historical” aspects of Washington, and “harms children.”

“Through force of law that child will loose one of its biological parents.”

Republican Rep.Norma Smith outright lied in her speech opposing the marriage bill. Terribly offensive.

Rep. Brad Klippert (R) said he was speaking from love and that he could judge no one. Yet he spoke vehemently against the bill, saying his children needed “the virtue of a mom,” and “children need a mom and a dad.” Klippert actually quoted Leviticus from the House floor, and talked about religion throughout his speech. Apparently he has not heard of separation of church and state. “Go and sin no more,” Klippert said, adding, “One quarter of one percent is affected by this legislation,” a comment he attributed to a fellow House worker. Republican opponents, including Klippert, right, actually wore buttons on their clothing with the icons of one man and one woman.

Republican Rep. Mark Hargrove said no one in his family ever had been through a divorce, but he had two relatives who “died of AIDS.” He then quoted the bible. Hargrove stated that he felt his love required him to to speak against the bill. He claimed that 43% of children have parents who are divorced, so same-sex marriage won’t solve the issue of children from same-sex parents who feel different because their parents aren’t and can’t marry.

Democrat Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney talked about the pain her two gay sons have experienced. “They deserve the same rights that their brothers and sisters have. They do not deserve to be harassed or looked at differently.”

Republican Rep. Jan Angel said, “My lord teaches me to not judge so I do not judge. But this bill isn’t about rights and it isn’t about judgment but it is about the redefinition of traditional marriage.”

Democratic Rep. Marko Liias discussed his same-sex relationship and eloquently reminded his peers that the constitution of Washington already protected people of faith. He also explained the importance of separation of church and state, and added, “voting for this bill is an act of mercy — an act of justice.”

GOP Rep. Jason Overstreet said, “we need to thank the God that even allows us to be here.”

Our sincere congratulations to the good people of Washington who today have brought Washington closer to equality.

Continue Reading
Click to comment
 
 

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. The New Civil Rights Movement depends on readers like you to meet our ongoing expenses and continue producing quality progressive journalism. Three Silicon Valley giants consume 70 percent of all online advertising dollars, so we need your help to continue doing what we do.

NCRM is independent. You won’t find mainstream media bias here. From unflinching coverage of religious extremism, to spotlighting efforts to roll back our rights, NCRM continues to speak truth to power. America needs independent voices like NCRM to be sure no one is forgotten.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure NCRM remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to NCRM, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

GOP Congresswoman Saying She Would ‘Do Anything’ to Protect Her Grandchildren, Even ‘Shooting Them’ Sets Internet on Fire

Published

on

U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) in a speech denouncing a House bill on gun safety, appears to inadvertently have declared that to protect her five grandchildren, she would “do anything,” even shoot them.

“I rise in opposition to H.R. 2377,” Congresswoman Lesko says in the video. “I have five grandchildren. I would do anything, anything to protect my five grandchildren, including as a last resort shooting them if I had to, to protect the lives of my grandchildren.”

NCRM has verified the video is accurate. Congresswoman Lesko made the remarks on June 9, according to C-SPAN, while she was opposing a red flag law.

The Congresswoman presumably meant she would as a last resort shoot someone threatening her grandchildren.

One Twitter user, Ryan Shead, posted the previously ignored video to Twitter, where it has gone viral and is trending.

Lesko, who some social media users note is running for re-election unopposed, went on to say: “Democrat bills that we have heard this week want to take away my right, my right to protect my grandchildren. they want to take away the rights of law-abiding citizens to protect their own children and grandchildren. and wives and brothers and sisters,” which is false.

“This bill takes away due process from law-abiding citizens. Can you imagine if you had a disgruntled ex or somebody who hates you because of your political views and they go to a judge and say, ‘oh, this person is dangerous,’ and that judge would take away your guns?”

Lesko’s hypothetical claims are false. Red flag laws are designed to protect both gun owners and those around them.

Some social media users noted that Congresswoman Lesko reportedly “attended meetings about overturning the election,” while others are having fun with the Arizona Republican’s remarks:

Watch Congresswoman Lesko’s remarks above or at this link.

 

Continue Reading

RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM

Separation of Church and State Is a ‘Fabrication’ Says Far Right Activist Charlie Kirk: They Should Be ‘Mixed Together’

Published

on

Far-right religious activist, conspiracy theorist, and founder of the right-wing organization Turning Point USA Charlie Kirk has falsely declared that separation of church and state, a bedrock principle on which American society is based, is a “fabrication” not in the Constitution.

Kirk is a member of the secretive theocratic Council for National Policy., a close friend of Donald Trump, Jr., and spent years promoting President Trump – even interviewing him at one point. Turning Point USA has had repeated challenges. The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer in 2017 write a piece about TPUSA titled, “A Conservative Nonprofit That Seeks to Transform College Campuses Faces Allegations of Racial Bias and Illegal Campaign Activity.”

Former TPUSA communications director Candace Owens has praised Hitler, saying “the problem” with him was that he wanted to “globalize.”

RELATED: Watch: Charlie Kirk Calls for Texans to Be ‘Deputized’ to Protect ‘White Demographics in America’

On Wednesday Kirk declared, “There is no separation of church and state. It’s a fabrication. It’s a fiction. It’s not in the Constitution. It’s made up by secular humanists.”

That’s false.

The claim separation of church and state is not in the Constitution is a religious right belief that has been debunked by countless legal experts.

“Of course we should have church and state mixed together,” Kirk continued. “Our Founding Fathers believed in that. We can go through the detail of that. They established – literally – a church in Congress.”

That too is false.

RELATED: ‘When Do We Get to Use the Guns?’: TP USA Audience Member Asks Charlie Kirk When Can ‘We Kill’ Democrats? (Video)

“It’s a good thing Charlie Kirk doesn’t go to Wheaton because he would fail my Constitutional Law class,” writes Dr. Miranda Yaver, PhD, a Wheaton College professor.

As most public school students know, Kirk’s claims are belied by the First Amendment to the U.S., Constitution, which states:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

It’s the Establishment Clause, legal experts say, that debunks Kirk’s falsehood.

In reviewing the Supreme Court’s recent rulings, Reuters last month noted: “It was President Thomas Jefferson who famously said in an 1802 letter that the establishment clause should represent a ‘wall of separation’ between church and state. The provision prevents the government from establishing a state religion and prohibits it from favoring one faith over another.”

Jefferson is also considered the principal author of the Declaration of Independence.

Watch Charlie Kirk below or at this link.

 

 

Continue Reading

News

Pat Cipollone Is ‘A Greatest Hits Package of Crazy Statements’ by Donald Trump: Legal Expert

Published

on

Former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone has agreed to speak to the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on Congress on Friday.

Former Assistant Deputy Attorney General Harry Litman told CNN that Cipollone has carefully negotiated the testimony and he will likely “steer around down the middle” of the attorney/client privilege. However, former President Donald Trump is not the client of a White House counsel, the White House is. President Joe Biden has waived executive privilege for anything involving Jan. 6 or the 2020 election.

“He is a greatest hits package of crazy statements by Donald Trump,” Litman said of Cipollone. “He is the one who says to Mark Meadows, ‘You know, if you do this, you’ll have blood on your effing hands.’ He’s the one who says to Mark Meadows about [Mike] Pence, ‘You’ve got to stop it’ and Meadows says, ‘You’ve heard him. He thinks the rioters are right.’ He’s the one who has to go to Cassidy Hutchinson, a 25-year-old, and plead with her because Meadows won’t speak to him. ‘Please try to keep him from going to the Capitol.’ He’s the one who says, ‘if I go to the Capitol, it will be every effing crime imaginable.'”

READ MORE: Longtime friend of GOP’s Eric Greitens calls him a ‘broken man’ and accuses him of lying about his beliefs

“Now, they’ve negotiated it up, and probably what he wants is to say he’s not piercing attorney/client privilege. But all these statements I’ve said to you, Trump’s nowhere around. So, attorney/client has to be with the client for the purpose of getting legal advice, so he’s got tons to say without that.”

As Litman explained, Cipollone is in “everything.”

See the discussion below.

Image: Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks  via Flickr:
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump talk with Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, her husband Jesse Barrett, Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, his wife Virginia Thomas, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, and Deputy White House Counsel Kate Comerford Todd in the Blue Room of the White House Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, after attending Barrett’s swearing-in ceremony as Supreme Court Associate Justice.

 

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2020 AlterNet Media.