New York: National Organization For Marriage Regurgitates Debunked 2009 Ad
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which is claiming it will spend $1.5 million to defeat New York’s upcoming same-sex marriage bill — including the politicians who vote for it — Â has just put out an anti- “gay marriage” television spot — the exact same one they ran in 2009. Exactly the same from the revised ad, since the first one misspelled the word “marriage.” The ad itself was been debunked two years ago, and is merely hate-mongering and ignorance-reaffirming at its finest.
“The rights of people who believe that marriage means a man and a woman will no longer matter,” the voice-over in the ad falsely states. “We’ll all have to accept gay marriage whether we like it or not,” the ad warns.
When the original ad aired two years ago,Â The Advocate commented, â€œ’Think same-â€‹sex marriage doesnâ€™t affect your family?’ asks the narrator, in twang-â€‹inflected speech that sounds curiously out of step for the New York market. ‘Legalizing gay marriage has consequences forÂ kids.’â€
Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese rebuts NOM’s claims.Â â€œWeâ€™re fighting for loving, committedÂ gay and lesbian couples going down to the courthouse to get married, which has absolutely nothing to do with what is taught in schools,â€ SolmoneseÂ said. â€œThe ad is a piece of fiction. School districts determine what is taught in schools.â€
HRC’s NOM Exposed adds, “PolitiFact,Â a premier non-partisanÂ fact-checking web site,Â Â deemedÂ NOMâ€™s message about schoolsÂ â€œfalseâ€ on their Truth-O-Meter as recently as February.Â NOM aired theÂ same ad in 2009 while opposing marriage equality in the Empire State.”
â€œIndependent fact checkersÂ will quickly determine, as they did previously with other NOM propaganda, that things donâ€™t quite add up in this New York commercial,â€ said HRCâ€™s NOM Project Director Kevin Nix. â€œFear and fiction is the motherâ€™s milk of this secretive, virulently anti-gayÂ organization.â€
Good As You’s Jeremy Hooper, who first discovered the ad was now running, adds, “Ignore the ‘new’ branding here.”
Alvin McEwen, who explores more, in-depth, about NOM’s ad, writes, “In the commercial aimed at New York, NOM also cites the story of children in California attending the gay wedding of their teacher as yet “another danger” of gay marriage. However, NOM conveniently omitted the fact that parentsÂ gave their children permission to attend this wedding.”
Perhaps it’s not marriage equality that will affect the education New York’s children receive, but NOM’s incorrect version of facts.
(Image, top: NOM’s original 2009 ad, with the word “marriage” incorrectly spelled.)
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Trump Lawyer’s ‘Critical Evidence’ Will Help DOJ Make Decision to Charge ‘Without Significant Delay’: Former Prosecutor
Donald Trump‘s attorney Evan Corcoran, who allegedly directed another Trump attorney to draft the false statement claiming all classified and sensitive documents had been returned, has been ordered to testify before a grand jury and hand over documents and records to Special Counsel Jack Smith in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents criminal investigation.
Trump appealed U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell’s decision ordering Corcoran to testify and hand over documents, including handwritten notes. The Appeals Court in light speed mode, rejected Trump’s appeal.
Corcoran will be testifying before the grand jury on Friday, CNN reports.
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One former top DOJ official, Brandon Van Grack, says the “Special Counsel is about to get access to the most critical evidence in the case. Should allow DOJ to make a charging decision without significant delay.”
He did not define what “without significant delay” means in terms of days, weeks, or months.
Van Grack served at Main Justice for eleven years, including as a lead prosecutor in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and later, as the Chief of the DOJ’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit.
“The announcement from a panel of three judges in the appeals court – less than a day after Trump sought to put Corcoran’s testimony on hold – adds momentum to the special counsel investigation as it seeks to secure evidence that could make or break a federal criminal case against Trump,” CNN explains. “The Justice Department has successfully argued in court that prosecutors have enough evidence that Trump’s interactions with the lawyer were part of a possible crime that they can pierce the confidentiality of the conversations between the two.”
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A former top Dept. of Justice official says a federal judge’s expedited ruling ordering an attorney for Donald Trump to testify against his client before a grand jury and hand over documents very well may be related to “national security.”
U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ruled that DOJ Special Counsel Jack Smith had successfully made the case Donald Trump may have committed a crime, via his attorneys, in his classified documents case. That finding allowed her to invoke the crime-fraud exception, and order Trump attorney Evan Corcoran to testify before the grand jury investigating the ex-president’s unlawful retention and refusal to return hundreds of classified documents.
Former FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissmann, who also worked for Special Counsel Robert Mueller and headed the DOJ’s Criminal Fraud Section, Wednesday afternoon on MSNBC said it’s possible Judge Howell’s expedited decisions were related to national security.
Tuesday night Judge Howell ordered DOJ to provide information by 6:00 AM Wednesday.
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Trump appealed Howell’s ruling, and Wednesday afternoon the Appeals Court denied his appeal related to the documents, Politico reports.
“I’ve never seen anything that quick. It’s very hard to know why. I have to say, to me, when I think about what can be a plausible reason– and this is pure speculation – is that there must be something in the papers that gave the judges concern about national security implications, because it’s such a short timeframe.”
“The reason this is a bombshell is you could end up with Evan Corcoran as a key, fundamental witness against Donald Trump in an obstruction of justice case and a false statements case,” Weissmann adds.
According to Politico, Wednesday’s appeals court ruling “effectively permits the Justice Department to circumvent Trump’s attorney-client privilege after a lower-court judge found that the documents likely contain evidence of a crime.”
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This article was updated to correctly spell Andrew Weissmann’s last name.
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Trump Appeals After Judge Agrees With Special Counsel on Crime-Fraud Exception and Requires His Attorney to Testify
Donald Trump’s attorneys have appealed a ruling that requires one of his lawyers to testify before a grand jury investigating his unlawful removal, retention, and refusal to return classified documents from the White House.
Attorneys for the Special Counsel “said there is evidence of a deliberate effort not to turn over all the material covered by the subpoena,” The Washington Post reports, citing people familiar with the matter.
U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell had reportedly agreed with Special Counsel Smith that there is sufficient evidence proving Donald Trump may have committed a crime via his attorneys, and ruled his attorney must testify before a grand jury. The ruling, which was not made public, was handed down Friday night, NBC News reported Wednesday afternoon.
Judge Howell “ruled in favor of applying the ‘crime fraud’ exception to Trump’s attorney-client privilege and ordered Trump lawyer Evan Corcoran to testify before the federal grand jury.”
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Trump’s attorneys have already appealed the ruling.
“People familiar with the matter said an appeals panel has already begun reviewing the decision, after Trump’s lawyers appealed,” The Washington Post adds. “The extraordinarily quick timeline suggests that the judges — all nominated by Democratic presidents — intend to rule swiftly.”
Trump could take his case all the way to the Supreme Court, but The Post says it’s “not clear he would have a much better chance of success there.”
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