Santorum Commits To Invalidating Existing Gay Marriages
At tonight’s GOP debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, Newt Gingrich called married gay couples “friends,” demeaning the significance of their relationships. Gingrich then went on to claim there was “secular bigotry” against the Catholic Church, which he falsely claimed was forced to close its adoption centers rather than allow same-sex couples to adopt.
“We want to make it possible to have those things that are most intimately human between friends,” Newt Gingrich, who has been married three times amid multiple adulterous affairs, told the Republican audience.
“It is a huge jump from being understanding and considerate and concerned, which we should be, to saying we therefore are going to institute the sacrament of marriage as though it has no basis,” added Gingrich.
Calling the Obama administration, which is slowly showing signs of support for gay marriage, Â biased and bigoted, Gingrich also claimed Obama was discriminating against the Catholic Church.
Rick Perry also played the “war against religion” card at tonight’s debate, stating there “is a war against religion and itâ€™s going to stop under a Perry administration.”
All the candidates spoke strongly against same-sex marriage.
“Iâ€™m certainly not going to have a federal law that bans adoption for gay couples, when there are only gay couples in certain states,” Rick Santorum stated, which was mild considering his anti-gay attacks, especially over the past few days.
Mitt Romney, a Mormon, balked at having same-sex relationships called “marriage.” “There is every right for people in this country to form long-term committed relationships with one another. That doesnâ€™t mean that they have to call it marriage.”
Jon Huntsman went as far as supporting civil unions.Â “Personally, I think civil unions are fair,” said the former Utah Governor. “I support them. It brings a level of dignity to relationships.”
Michael Lavers at Edge On The Net added:
Romney, Perry and Santorum said they back a federal constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman. WMUR Political Director Josh McElveen pressed Santorum on the fact that the Federal Marriage Amendment would invalidate the marriages of 1,800 same-sex couples who have taken advantage of New Hampshireâ€™s marriage equality law since it took effect in Jan. 2010.
“If the constitution says marriage is between a man and a woman, marriage is between a man and a woman,” he said. “Thatâ€™s what marriage is – and would be in this country. And those who are not men and women who are married are-would not be married. Thatâ€™s what the Constitution would say.”
Here’s a compilation, thanks to Igor Volsky at Think Progress.
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CDC Agreed to Work on Trump Campaign’s MAGA-Themed Face Masks – As Hospitals Were Desperate for COVID-19 Tests: NYT
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this past March reportedly agreed to help consult with Trump administration officials on the design of “Make America Healthy Again” face masks that would be given out to promote both public health and President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.
The New York Times reports that Trump administration official in March “asked the agency to provide feedback on possible logos — including ‘Make America Healthy Again’ — for cloth face masks they hoped to distribute to millions of Americans.”
The initiative eventually fell through, but once source tells the Times that “CDC leaders agreed to the request.”
The discussion about Trump-branded face masks came at a time when hospitals across the United States were desperate to have more COVID-19 testing kits and protective gear for their staff members who were struggling to handle a surge in hospitalizations at the start of a pandemic that would go on to kill more than 100,000 Americans in less than three months.
“They let us down,” Dr. Stephane Otmezguine, an anesthesiologist who treated COVID-19 patients in Florida, tells the Times.
Former President Barack Obama to Address the Nation on the Killing of George Floyd and the Nationwide Protests
Former President Barack Obama will address the nation on Wednesday afternoon at 5 PM ET to discuss the killing of George Floyd and the protests that have taken over the nation. The broadcast will be part of a town hall, and will be live-streamed on his official website.
“It will be part of the former president’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Town Hall’ series, and with Obama will be former Attorney General Eric Holder along with other activists who are fighting for reform in policing,” NBC affiliate WTHR reports.
I wrote out some thoughts on how to make this moment a real turning point to bring about real change––and pulled together some resources to help young activists sustain the momentum by channeling their energy into concrete action. https://t.co/jEczrOeFdv
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 1, 2020
It does not appear his remarks will be carried by the cable news networks.
Aides to former President Obama tell @JoshNBCNews that in his virtual town hall tonight, Obama will draw an implicit contrast between Trump’s handling of the policing crisis and the policies Obama advocated as president to increase trust between police and communities of color.
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) June 3, 2020
Defense Secretary Splits From Trump on Use of Military in US Cities: ‘I Do Not Support Invoking the Insurrection Act’
In a rare move Secretary of Defense Mark Esper split from President Donald Trump on the use of the U.S. Military in American cities. Esper, in a hastily-called press conference, told reporters point blank: “I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.”
The Defense Secretary said active-duty U.S. troops “should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire situations.” He added he does not believe America is in that situation presently.
NEW: Defense Sec. Esper: “I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.”
“The option to use active-duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most … dire of situations. We are not in one of those situations now.” pic.twitter.com/JbtTACC0pH
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 3, 2020
Esper has been highly criticized since he participated in President Donald Trump’s Monday evening photo-op, which was held in front of St. John’s Church, across from the White House. That area was cleared by using rubber bullets and, according to reporters who were on the scene, teat gas. Esper on Wednesday specifically denied that the National Guard used tear gas, but other law enforcement and federal agencies were on the scene as well.
Sec. Esper said he was unaware he would be part of that photo-op, which in itself has been highly controversial. He said he tries to keep the Military out of politics and admitted his participation, which he said was unplanned on his part, failed in that goal.
The Pentagon chief also made an impassioned vow on the role of the U.S. Military.
“The Department of Defense, the armed services, our uniformed leaders, our civilian leaders and I take seriously our oath to support and defend the Constitution,” he said, “and to safeguard to those very rights contained in that document.”
Defense Sec. Mark Esper: “The Department of Defense, the armed services, our uniformed leaders, our civilian leaders and I take seriously our oath to support and defend the Constitution…and to safeguard to those very rights contained in that document.” https://t.co/GeCPnmcoS7 pic.twitter.com/26b1hc41aK
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) June 3, 2020
Esper ended the press conference somewhat abruptly, saying he was on his way to the White House.
Former Pentagon Public Affairs official Adam Blickstein calls Esper’s remarks “a stunning reversal” and “a direct rebuke” to President Trump.
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