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Focus On The Family. National Organization For Marriage. American Family Association. Fred Phelps. Alliance Defense Fund. Catholic League. Christian Coalition. Mike Huckabee. Newt Gingrich. Maggie Gallagher.

Most of us, most gays, liberals, pro-same-sex marriage people would agree, these people, these organizations are our enemies. They are our number one targets, the most powerful groups, standing in the way of marriage equality and civil rights for all. Most of us are wrong.

In reality, what’s standing in our way is two things: apathy and complacency. Right now, we have everything on our side: A Democratic government, five, soon to be at least six states that have legalized gay marriage, with more on the way. Momentum. Individual social networks rivaling small nations. Growing public support for our cause, weakening public support of hatred and extremism. The Internet.

Yet, day after day, I talk with people who just don’t get it. The gay friend who sends me a text, “Congrats on Vermont!” I text back, “Vermont was last month. Today we won Maine.” Or, the gay friend on Twitter who asks, “Is it the right time to push for repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, when there are 44 million people who need healthcare?” Or, the friend who calls me furious about the latest insult Maggie Gallagher hurls, but won’t take an hour out to show up for a gay marriage rally. Or the ones who spend time railing on Miss California on Facebook, but won’t click on the ad that asks them to send an email to their Congressman.

We are the ones standing in our way. There are over 300 million Americans in this country. That’s roughly, conservatively, 30 million gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders, and queers. Add on our parents, friends, families, that number should easily double, triple, quadruple. So, 10% of the population is LGBTQ, include friendly and supportive relatives, acquaintances, and we should easily net 25% of the population who have every reason to support us, to care, to take action. If 25% of every elected officials’ constituency contacted them, don’t you think we’d be further along? Don’t you think they would act in our favor? So many more would.

We are millions upon millions strong. Yet we don’t act. We don’t take the time to act, in our own self-interest. In the interest of those we love and care about. In the interest of what’s clearly right.

It’s time. The clock is ticking. We are stronger than Maggie Gallagher’s NOM. Stronger than Newt Gingrich. Stronger than Focus On The Family. But only if we act. Here’s how:

Click on any of these links. Type your name, your address, check a box, add your own words if you want, and tell your Congressman, your Governor, the President what you want them to do about gay marriage, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, The Hate Crimes Bill, The Defense of Marriage Act, and ENDA. Then tell your friends, your family to do the same. Do it for you. Do it for them. But do it. Now. You’ll feel really good today. You’ll feel even better tomorrow.


Human Rights Campaign

Join The Impact


One Strong Voice

Empire State Pride Agenda

Courage Campaign

The Task Force

U.S. House of Representatives

New Yorkers For Marriage Equality

Marriage Equality USA


Other sites that support the GLBTQ community:

Unite the Fight

White Knot

API Equality

Jordan Rustin Coalition 

Students for Equality



Make sure you take a look at The New Civil Rights’ Tool Kit. Bookmark it as a resource.

There are many, many more groups that belong on this list. Does yours? Let me know and I’ll add it!

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‘Probably So’: McCarthy Says His Speakership Likely Will End After Vote



The Republican Speaker, Kevin McCarthy, is acknowledging his leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives “probably” is about to end.

“If five Republicans go with Democrats, then I’m out,” McCarthy, sounding resigned to his possible future, told reporters late Tuesday morning. The Speaker acknowledged that if all Democrats vote against him in a vote schedule for Tuesday afternoon, and just five Republicans join them, he will lose his job.

“That looks likely,” ABC’s Rachel Scott told McCarthy.

“Probably so,” he responded.

There are currently at least five Republicans who say they will vote to oust McCarthy, according to CNN’s Haley Talbot, as of last Monday night.

Democrats on Tuesday have said they will not support McCarthy.

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has been on a campaign to oust McCarthy, who was elected Speaker in January but only after the House voted 15 times before granting him the gavel. That gavel came with public and private concessions, among them, that any one member of the House could initiate a “motion to vacate,” which Gaetz did Monday night.

Gaetz claims he is working to strip McCarthy of the Speakership because he reached across the aisle and accepted votes from Democrats very late on Saturday to avoid what had been an almost-certain shutdown of the federal government. But McCarthy has long contended for Gaetz it’s “personal,” because the Speaker would not intervene to save Gaetz from a re-opened House Ethics Committee investigation into possible violations including sexual misconduct, unlawful drug use, and public corruption.

if Republicans do succeed on the motion to vacate, there currently is no one named to replace McCarthy. That would leave the position that is second in line to the presidency vacant.

Watch today’s House session live below, starting at 11:45 AM, see his remarks to reporters above, or watch both at this link.

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Trump Has Now ‘Crossed the Line Into Criminal Threats’: Top Legal Scholar



As Donald Trump’s rhetoric grows increasingly menacing and threatening, experts are again sounding the alarm.

It’s been weeks since Special Counsel Jack Smith asked U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan to impose a narrow limitation on the ex-president in the case charging him with attempting to overturn the 2020 election. It likely will be weeks until that Judge Chutkan announces a decision.

In the mean time, Trump continues to make disparaging remarks and what some have suggested are thinly-veiled threats or calls to action to his supporters against those he perceives as his enemies.

Trump recently suggested that his former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, “in times gone by” would have been executed for treason.

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Milley’s perceived “treasonous” crime, according to Trump? Making a White House approved call to China to let them know Trump wasn’t planning to attack China, as the AP reported.

Last month, Trump wrote on Truth Social that General Milley “was actually dealing with China to give them a heads up on the thinking of the President of the United States. This is an act so egregious that, in times gone by, the punishment would have been DEATH! A war between China and the United States could have been the result of this treasonous act.”

Special Counsel Jack Smith included that post in his communication with Judge Chutkan on Friday.

Monday morning, inside a Manhattan courthouse before the start of New York Attorney General Letitia James’ $250 million civil fraud case, Trump unleashed an angry rant in front of news cameras, saying, “You ought to go after this attorney general.” He also called New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron a “rogue judge.”

He added, “now I have to go before a rogue judge, as a continuation of Russia, Russia, Russia, as a continuation of the greatest witch hunt of all time. And I don’t think the people of this country are going to stand for it.”

These were just Trump’s remarks at the start of the day. He faced the cameras two other times, during the lunch break and after the day’s proceedings had ended.

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Describing Trump’s remarks, Vanity Fair’s Bess Levin wrote: “Speaking to reporters outside the courtroom, Trump called the case a ‘witch hunt’ and ‘a disgrace,’ saying, ‘You ought to go after this attorney general,’ because if there’s one thing the man loves, it’s a not-so-veiled threat against his enemies.”

Harvard University Professor Emeritus Laurence Tribe, a legal scholar and expert on the U.S. Constitution, on Monday warned Trump’s remarks “crossed the line into criminal threats.”

“Trump’s 1st Amendment freedom of speech includes the right to express his racist views about anyone, including Attorney General Letitia James,” Tribe wrote. “But he has no right to foment violence against her. He crossed the line into criminal threats when he said ‘you ought to go after this attorney general.'”

Former Chicago Tribune editor Mark Jacob, responding to the video, writes: “When Trump says “you ought to go after this attorney general,” we know what he means. Some call it stochastic terrorism, but I call it puppetmaster terrorism. He’s telling his crazed followers who the targets are.”

See the post and video above or at this link.

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Gaetz Needs Just Five Republicans to Oust McCarthy – He Already Has Three



After weeks of “chaos” within the House Republican conference that led to a down-to-the-wire near-shutdown of the federal government, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has spent the past two days vowing to oust Speaker Kevin McCarthy for reaching across the aisle to pass legislation keeping the government running.

Gaetz’s own future is in question with some of his Republican colleagues vowing to expel him should an unfavorable report be released by the House Ethics Committee on his possible sexual misconduct and illicit behaviors including possible drug use and possible public corruption.

“Several Republicans,” CNN’s Manu Raju reports, are “expected to back motion to eject McCarthy,” who “will very likely” need Democrats to keep his Speakership.

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“House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries has not said if his caucus would join right-wing Republicans to help topple McCarthy or if Democrats might support him in exchange for political or legislative favors,” Reuters reported late Monday afternoon. “Democrats, in theory, could demand that McCarthy honor his spending deal with Biden, drop the impeachment inquiry, or hold votes on gun and immigration legislation.”

But Gaetz already has three publicly declared votes to oust Speaker McCarthy. In addition to himself, far right Republican Rep. Eli Crane of Arizona responded “Let’s roll” Sunday afternoon to Gaetz’s announcement he would file a “motion to vacate” against McCarthy.

And U.S. Rep. Bob Good of Virginia has also declared he would “never” vote to let McCarthy keep the Speaker’s gavel.

Other far right Republicans, including U.S. Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Byron Donalds, and Chip Roy, have indicated they would not support ousting McCarthy, at least not right now.

But Gaetz may have time on his side.

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While he on Monday acknowledged he probably doesn’t have the votes yet, the math could line up differently by the end of the week.

The Senate will not be in session after Wednesday, with many Senators expected to travel to California for the funeral of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

“This could create some level of havoc on House side — dozens of [House] members will also want to fly out to SF,” noted Washington Post congressional reporter Paul Kane. “Maybe even McCarthy, but mostly House Dems. If the motion to vacate vote is Wednesday or Thursday, attendance could be haphazard.”


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