Gay Marriage News Spinning You Right Round Like A Record, Baby?
The Shape Of Things To Come
The way I see it, there’s so much gay marriage news happening right now that if even I, a gay-rights blogger, (and, I might add, Twitter’s gay uncle) feel like I’m spinning around trying to keep up, Mr. & Mr. John Doe out there must really confused. So, I thought I’d give you a quick rundown of what’s been going on this past week, and what’s on the calendar for this coming week.
In no particular order, here’s a stream-of-consciousness roundup:
New York: After a grand introduction by New York Governor Paterson two weeks ago, the governor announced Wednesday he would defer to the state senate majority leader and not demand the bill receive a vote without knowing if there were enough votes to pass. On Friday we learned, NY Gay Marriage Back In The Game! Read below for update.
New Hampshire: The New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee voted against moving forward with a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. The Democratic Chairwoman said she thought her state “wasn’t ready” to accept gay marriage.
The Federal Hate Crimes Bill made it out of committee despite Steve King (R-IA) who tried to change the bill, also known as The Matthew Shepard Act, to the â€œLocal Law Enforcement Thought Crimes Prevention Act of 2009â€. Nice job, Steve.
We’ll remember Steve King when he tries to run for governor. It’s easy to remember him, at least, according to him: “For some reason my voice is distinct and people recognize my voice and also my name and they associate it whole family effort.” King lent his voice and message to Maggie Gallagher‘s NOM, the National Organization for Marriage, to do election-style robocalls, in an attempt to get his constituents to call their local lawmakers and ask them for a state law, yes, you guessed it, delcaring marriage can only be between a man and a woman, overturning his own state’s Supreme Court unanimous ruling legalizing gay marriage.
Connecticut: Republican Governor Jodi Rell signed her state’s gay marriage bill into law. Not big news, as last fall Connecticut’s State Supreme Court ruled that gay couples have the right to wed in Connecticut.
New Mexico: Democrats added gay marriage to their state’s official party platform. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson supports civil unions/domestic partnerships.
Maine: Three thousand people attended a public hearing on a gay marriage bill. Democracy done right!
NOM’s Magie Gallagher wrote a Letter to the Editor of The New York Times describing her thoughts against gay marriage. “I am proud of the â€œGathering Stormâ€ ad precisely because it lets the American people know the truth: Gay marriage has consequences. Name-calling will not change that.” If she had any credibility they would have offered her an Op-Ed.
San Francisco Mayor and Gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom said he wants the 2010 U.S. Census to count same-sex couples who say they are married.
New York Times‘ Frank Rich wrote, “It is justice, not a storm, that is gathering. Only those who have spread the poisons of bigotry and fear have any reason to be afraid” in his Op-Ed, “The Bigotsâ€™ Last Hurrah“.
One Iowa released their beautiful, brilliant, video response to “The Gathering Storm”.
COMING UP THIS WEEK:
Run, do not walk, do not pass Go, do not collect two hundred dollars. Run to Iowa and get married! Iowa begins issuing marriage licenses to homosexual couples. The real question: Who’s the first to catch the bouquet? The other question? Why is this woman organizing a statewide prayer service against gay marriage on Monday?
Albany, New York becomes Maggie Gallagher’s nightmare: Thousands of gay-rights activists descend upon the state capitol as part of the Empire State Pride Agenda’s Equality & Justice Day. Appropriately that same day, the New York State Senate Judiciary Committee is taking up the gay marriage bill. Were they to decide to not move it to the full Senate for a vote that day, I’m not sure they’d be let out of their offices. That’s a lot of gay protestors to contend with!
After last week’s public gay marriage hearing, the Maine Legislature’s Judiciary Committee will vote on the bill Tuesday, and, if successful, as it is expected to be, from there it will go to the Senate for consideration.
For now, that’s all, but you never know what could happen next. Stay tuned!
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‘Disgraced’ Trump-Appointed Florida Judge Initially Assigned to Oversee Ex-President’s Criminal Case: Report
A federal judge whose highly-controversial rulings favoring Donald Trump were derided by legal experts and judges on a higher court, has been initially assigned to the U.S. Dept. of Justice’s criminal case against the ex-president, who appointed her to the bench three years ago.
Judge Aileen Cannon, known for agreeing to Trump’s request by assigning a special master to review the entirety of federal government documents the FBI retrieved from Mar-a-Lago last summer during the execution of a search and seizure warrant will, at least for now, oversee the government’s case allegedly charging Donald Trump with seven different felony categories in its classified documents probe, according to ABC News.
“The summons sent to former President Donald Trump and his legal team late Thursday indicates that U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon will be assigned to oversee his case, at least initially, according to sources briefed on the matter,” ABC News reports.
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“Cannon’s apparent assignment would add yet another unprecedented wrinkle to a case involving the first federal charges against a former president: Trump appointed Cannon to the federal bench in 2019, meaning that, if Trump is ultimately convicted, she would be responsible for determining the sentence – which may include prison time – for the man who elevated her to the role.”
Cannon, agreeing to Trump’s request to appoint a special master last September, also halted the Dept. of Justice’s use of those materials, which included at least one hundred classified documents, in its criminal investigation into Trump.
Harvard University professor emeritus of constitutional law, Laurence Tribe, called Judge Cannon’s special master decision “utterly lawless,” and said: “She has disgraced her position as an Article III judge.”
ABC News notes that “Legal experts [had] accused Cannon of handing Trump a series of head-scratching victories over the course of those proceedings,” and added, “Cannon’s order was ultimately thrown out in its entirety by an 11th Circuit Court of appeals panel, which found she overstepped in exercising her jurisdiction in the probe.”
The 11th Circuit issued a scathing rebuke of Judge’ Cannon’s decision to appoint the special master. One week later, without explanation or reasoning, she overruled the special master’s decision and extended deadlines – decisions which favored Donald Trump.
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Cannon is not the only judge whose name appears on the summons.
“In addition to Cannon, Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart’s name also appeared on the summons sent to Trump on Thursday, the sources said,” ABC adds. “Reinhart, who was sworn in as a magistrate judge in 2018, is also familiar with the proceedings against Trump: he signed off on the initial search warrant of Mar-a-Lago last year and later ruled to unseal the search affidavit – decisions that made him the target of antisemitic jabs on the internet.”
The New York Times in August of last year reported, “in a segment on Fox News, a host showed a manipulated photo that appeared to show Judge Reinhart seated on a plane with Ghislaine Maxwell, Mr. [Jeffrey] Epstein’s companion who had been convicted last year of aiding Mr. Epstein in sexually abusing minors.”
Brian Kilmeade, the Fox News host, the following day tweeted: “Last night while subbing for Tucker Carlson, we showed you an image of Judge Bruce Reinhart w/ Ghislaine Maxwell that was sourced on screen to a meme pulled from Twitter & wasn’t real. This depiction never took place & we wanted to make clear that we were showing a meme in jest.”
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The Times noted “the scrutiny of Judge Reinhart has also prompted the local authorities to step up security. His synagogue canceled a Friday night Shabbat service last week in response to multiple antisemitic threats, and the police in his neighborhood said officers had intensified patrols near his house.”
Professor of Law Joyce Vance, an NBC News/MSNBC contributor and former U.S. Attorney responded to the news of Cannon’s assignment. Pointing to an earlier case as precedent, Vance says: “This is persuasive authority that Judge Cannon must step aside if the case falls to her as a permanent assignment. Her court & certainly the 11th [Circuit] won’t tolerate the damage it would do to their credibility if she failed to voluntarily recuse.”
Trump Lawyers Blindsided by Existence of Bombshell Recording – ‘They Don’t Know How to Defend This’: Maggie Haberman
CNN on Friday morning obtained a bombshell transcript of a recording in which former President Donald Trump boasts of retaining “secret” military information that he never declassified while he was president.
Appearing on CNN shortly after this news broke, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman revealed that the former president’s team was essentially blindsided by this recording’s existence.
“I don’t think they quite know how to defend this… from what we have heard,” she said. “They were… startled by the existence of this tape. This tape was something that they learned existed when this aide to Trump testified. The prosecutors were already in possession of this tape. They didn’t get it from the aide, although it appears the aide had a copy when it was subpoenaed later, but this is has been described to us by multiple sources… as a really problematic piece of evidence for Trump.”
Haberman predicted that the recording’s existence would not change the Trump legal team’s overall defense strategy, however.
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“I think they are going to stick that their line: ‘He says things, he didn’t mean it a certain way,'” she said. “I am sure they can come up with all kinds of explanations for why he used the language he used. But it’s on tape.”
Trump is due in court in Miami next week to face seven felony counts related to his handling of top-secret government documents.
Watch the video below or at this link.
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Trump Indicted by Grand Jury: Reports
Donald Trump’s attorneys have been notified a grand jury has voted to indict the ex-president on numerous federal charges and ordered to appear in a Miami court next Tuesday, according to ABC News, CNN, and NBC News. Trump on his Truth Social account made a similar claim..
“Former President Donald Trump has been indicted in the special counsel’s classified documents probe, sources familiar with the matter tells CNN,” the network reports. “Trump has been charged with seven counts in the indictment, according to another source familiar with the matter.”
CNN has two sources confirming that Trump has been indicted pic.twitter.com/xY7aFXo9dL
— Acyn (@Acyn) June 8, 2023
“We’re learning from our sources that there appears to be at least seven counts here,” ABC News’ Katherine Faulders reported on-air, ABC News online reports.. “This ranges from everything from the willful retention of national defense information to conspiracy to a scheme to conceal to false statements and representations.”
MSNBC on-air reports NBC News has confirmed the Trump indictment, and NBC News online reports the indictment is “in connection with his mishandling of more than 100 classified documents that were discovered last year at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, making the twice-impeached former commander-in-chief the first former president to face federal criminal charges.”
Watch this currently ongoing ABC News live streaming video:
BREAKING: Former Pres. Trump has been indicted for a second time, sources familiar confirm to @ABC News.
@PierreTABC joins @DavidMuir: “This is perhaps one of the most consequential investigations the Justice Department has done in recent memory.” pic.twitter.com/klwOQjGoiK
— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) June 8, 2023
In three separate entries on his Truth Social platform, Trump writes: “The corrupt Biden Administration has informed my attorneys that I have been Indicted,” along with several false allegations NCRM will not publish.
“I have been summoned to appear at the Federal Courthouse in Miami on Tuesday, at 3 PM,” he adds.
He also declares he is “innocent.”
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