Ceara Sturgis in 2009 wore a tuxedo for her 2010 high school yearbook senior photo (image, right.) School officials in her home state of Mississippi didn’t like that so they simply didn’t include her in the yearbook. Don’t like lesbians? Hide them from the public. Sturgis is now holding a commitment ceremony — Mississippi doesn’t allow same-sex marriage — and wanted to use a local museum for the event, after attending a wedding there. State officials at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum said no, becauseÂ Â a commitment ceremony is like a wedding — andÂ Mississippi doesn’t allow same-sex marriage. SoÂ Mississippi officials are trying once again to hide Sturgis from the public and deny her her rights.
The concept that something is illegal because it is like something that is illegal is illogical at best and absolutely wrong in this case. Fortunately, the Southern Poverty Law Center is representingÂ Ceara Sturgis and her partner,Â Emily Key, and have given the museum until July 25 to concede.
Noting the “state-owned museum refused to allow a similar ceremony for two men earlier this year,” Fox News of course published an antigay article titled, “Lesbian demands ceremony at Mississippi museum.”
The museum has said it interprets commitment ceremonies to represent a union and cites a 2009 opinion by Attorney General Jim Hood saying it could decline such ceremonies because same-sex marriage is banned in Mississippi.
The SPLC is not challenging Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage, but says the museum should allow commitment and marriage ceremonies to take place even if the couple won’t be recognized under state law.
“The Museum’s policy is premised on a misguided and erroneous interpretation of Mississippi state law and, further, violates the United States Constitution. We intend to challenge the Museum’s policy in federal court if the Museum does not rescind its policy against same-sex commitment and marriage ceremonies and honor our clients’ request,” the letter said.
Sturgis told The Associated Press Thursday that she went to a friend’s wedding at the museum and liked it, so she thought it would be the right place for her and Key to publically profess their love. She said they’re not asking the state to recognize them as a married couple, but they just want to be able to rent the venue for a celebration like a heterosexual couple could.
“Emily and I just want to have the same fair treatment as everyone else. We want to share our love with our friends and family,” Sturgis said.
Zack Ford atÂ Think ProgressÂ notes:
Hoodâ€™s argument fails on its face. If it were true, then it would technically beÂ illegalÂ to have any kind of same-sex wedding or commitment ceremony. There is a difference between not recognizing same-sex unions and declaring them to be unlawful. What Hood seems to have suggested is that Sturgis and Key could be arrested simply by declaring their love for each other in front of their family and friends, which would obviously violate their right to free speech and expression. Given the growing number of religious denominations that recognize marriage equality, such a precedent would also be a clear violation of religious freedom.
For the state of Mississippi to declare that a same-sex commitment ceremony is unlawful behavior is an egregious attack on gay community and its personal liberties. Itâ€™s nothing more than a pathetic excuse for blatant anti-gay discrimination.
The American Family Association’s One New Now also published an article, quoting Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver:
“Now they’re being threatened by the Southern Poverty Law Center [SPLC], which is an organization that supports radical homosexual agenda items,” [Staver] reports. “This particular situation, I think, is one where in Mississippi, same-sex marriage is not recognized. And so it would be impermissible, I think, completely wrong to use government facilities to recognize something that is absolutely banned in the state of Mississippi.”
But Staver emphasizes that “the agenda of the sexual anarchist movement” is “to put this issue up — homosexuality, lesbianism and whatever the nomenclature of the alphabet may be from day to day — to simply push this into your face and to shove it down the throats of the American people. I believe that this threat of homosexuality and same-sex unions is the biggest threat to our family, to our morality and to our freedom that we face here in America,” the attorney concludes.
As for Mississippi, he believes the state stands on solid ground as it faces the threat of a lawsuit if it does not approve the ceremony by July 25.
Jeremy Hooper at Good As You responds to Staver:
I seriously can’t even comment on this. If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go join my husband (akaÂ fellow family threatener) at dinner (akaÂ menu-based morality molester), where we we will consume pasta (akaÂ freedomâ€”fouling fusilli) and drink red wine (akaÂ sexual anarchy’s chosen lubricant). Until tomorrow, my dear readers (akaÂ nuclear bombs lying wait to destroy all that is holy).
According to readers, comments at One New NowÂ are being deleted if they criticize Christianity.
Ceara Sturgis won her lawsuit against her high school last year.
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‘We’re in Trouble’: Steve Schmidt Issues Dire Warning About Changed GOP After January 6th Insurrection
Appearing on MSNBC’s the 11th Hour with host Brian Williams, former GOP campaign consultant Steve Schmidt warned that Democrats need to accept that the Republican Party has changed drastically after four years of Donald Trump and the Jan 6th riot — and failure to recognize that simple fact puts the entire country at risk.
Using one of Schmidt’s tweets where he called Trump’s “truth” a “hideous deception” as a jumping-off point, the former Republican warned, “We’re in trouble.”
“Objectively, since the insurrection on Jan 6th, the Republican Party is far more radical,” Schmidt began. “Far more committed to the lie that Trump has told, fully committed to the authoritarian movement.”
“Should the events repeat themselves, the Republican Party is in a much different place than it was this past election with regard to being prepared to subvert the legal and lawful results,” he continued.
“The Democrats have done nothing since coming into office,” he added. “They have done nothing to prevent any of the abuses we have seen, done nothing to harden any of the infrastructures”
He later added, “This is a serious moment.”
‘Something That’s Under Way’: Trump Aims to Use Russian Tactic to Be ‘Installed Without Winning’ in 2024 Says Yale Historian
Former president Donald Trump and his GOP supporters are hoping to rely on a tactic that’s common in Russia to return him to the White House in 2024, according to one prominent expert on authoritarianism.
“As someone who follows contemporary Russia, there is a Russian phrase that comes to mind, which is the ‘administrative resource,'” author and Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder told MSNBC on Friday. “What the administrative resource means in Russian is that sure, you have an election, but the people who are running the election are going to determine how the election turns out. What the Republicans are going for is precisely that thing, the administrative resource.”
Snyder then explained how this mechanism works and how Trump and Republicans might apply it during the next election.
“Historically speaking, what we know about a ‘big lie’ is that because of its very scale, it’s not about truth or not truth; it’s about living in a kind of alternative reality,” Snyder added. “What we’re looking at is people who believe in or pretend to believe in this Big Lie, actually carrying out our elections. And the problem with this, or one of them, is that since these people have already claimed that the other side cheated, that basically legitimizes their cheating. In other words, if you talk about the Big Lie now, you’re basically promising to cheat the next time around, and that’s very concerning.”
He concluded by saying that this is a clear and present danger, not merely a theoretical one.
“The scenario for 2024 for most influential people around Donald Trump, which unfortunately means one of the political parties, is precisely to be installed without winning the election,” Snyder said. “I don’t think it’s something that could happen. I think it’s something that’s under way, and the question is, can we accept this reality in time to take the measures we need to take to prevent it?”
‘Ghoulish’ Lauren Bobert Branded a ‘Sociopath’ for Attacking Alec Baldwin: ‘Grieving Family Just Lost Their Loved One’
U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, the QAnon Republican lawmaker and gun rights activist who owns a bar named Shooters in Rifle, Colorado, is being criticized after posting a tweet mocking and attacking Alec Baldwin. The well-known actor who spent several years playing Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” shot and killed award-winning cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, apparently by accident, with a prop gun on set less than 24 hours ago.
Boebert dug up a seven-year old tweet Baldwin had sent in support of Michael Brown, the 18-year old Black man fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer.
She then added a snide and ugly remark and posted it to Twitter, only too happy to use the pain of Hutchins’ grieving family, friends, and industry as a tool to attack Baldwin:
The outrage was palpable, even from a few on the right, like former Trump White House Director of Strategic Communications:
If you’re going to tout your Christian faith, how about trying to have some empathy and grace over a tragedy? Don’t remember the part of the gospel that says “anything for RTs” https://t.co/uPT3djTpT7
— Alyssa Farah (@Alyssafarah) October 22, 2021
A Democratic U.S. Congressman weighed in:
You are a ghoul. https://t.co/owURidfZqo
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) October 22, 2021
This MSNBC correspondent made a keen observation:
Elected official makes joke about gun violence while holding gun in profile pic https://t.co/fO4JMiMUmd
— Cal Perry (@CalNBC) October 22, 2021
And many others:
A member of Congress is using her taxpayer-funded salary to dig up seven year old tweets to troll a man she’s never met in what’s probably the worst moment of his life. “Shame” doesn’t even begin to describe this. https://t.co/BKtSWsADqc
— Mike Rothschild (@rothschildmd) October 22, 2021
So you just straight up don’t give a fuck that there’s a grieving family who just lost their loved one and can see you joking about their loved one’s tragic death, huh?
— Kendall Brown (@kendallybrown) October 22, 2021
You really have to be the most ghoulish, heartless, shittiest excuse for a human being to use a tragic accident that cost a young woman her life, to attempt to crack a joke at @AlecBaldwin’s expense. https://t.co/ZddmfIS0XB
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) October 22, 2021
The “party of family values” ladies and gentlemen.
This vile creature is reveling in a tragic death.
She’s using that horrible accident as a weapon in order to attack someone who is undoubtedly suffering.
This is who she is.
She is grotesque.
She’s an embarrassment to Congress.
— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) October 22, 2021
This fact makes me so sad. This is the kind of person we have representing Americans. 😭
— Jacqui White (@jacqwhi) October 22, 2021
This is disgusting. A woman is dead. it’s beyond ghoulish for an elected official to joke about this. https://t.co/4QAqyRtH5X
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) October 22, 2021
Lauren Boebert is a simpleton sociopath. She is a profoundly stupid person who compensates by being a huge asshole.
In hell, she’d be the hostess at a Nazi Hooters. https://t.co/aleoBtHbCd
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) October 22, 2021
The party of ‘Christian values’.
A person died. These people are repulsive. https://t.co/0wbloL9Evz
— Francis Maxwell (@francismmaxwell) October 22, 2021
One thing that really binds the modern Republican Party is a complete disregard for the life of human beings. https://t.co/p7QN5yja6C
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) October 22, 2021
You are evil. https://t.co/axvOO20wFL
— drew olanoff (@yoda) October 22, 2021
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