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The State Of The Gay Union

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In the earliest years of the twenty-first century, it felt like things were going well for the gay community. The prior decade had brought us the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, forged as a compromise in 1993 to gays who had been promised by Bill Clinton that they would be allowed to serve openly in the military. Then 1996’s extremely damaging Defense of Marriage Act became the law of the land, and it seemed like the last nail in the coffin for gay rights and gay marriage had been pounded. But soon came hope. In 1997, Hawaii offered “reciprocal beneficiary registration“; basically, “domestic partnership lite”.

In 2000, Vermont began recognizing civil unions. Three years later, sodomy laws were deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. And in 2004, Massachussetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage. 2005 brought us civil unions in Connecticut, and the following year in New Jersey. We were on a roll. 

In the spring of 2008, California legalized gay marriage. We had won big. The tide had not only turned, it felt like a tsunami of gay rights legalization was about to flood America. Certainly, gay marriage would become legal across the U.S.? Certainly, we deserved it? But we forgot about DOMA. And we forgot about the religious conservatives. And we forgot we had a Republican in the White House. And we forgot to take action. And, as we had won big earlier that year, we lost even bigger. 

The November 2008 elections hurt the gay community greatly. The same day we put a Democrat in the White House, we watched as gay marriage bans, and not gay marriage, seemingly flooded the country. Florida and Arizona joined California in banning gay marriage. Arkansas joined other states in banning gay adoption. The next day, the gay community was furious. And the gay civil rights movement was reborn.

Today, forty two states have effectively banned gay marriage. Only two states allow gay marriage, while another seven (including DC) have approved civil unions or domestic partnerships. New York has not banned gay marriage and recognizes same-sex marriages from other states or countries. Only New Mexico has no statutes regarding gay marriage.

As I wrote a few days ago in “If You Want Gay Marriage, You Need To Fight For Gay Adoption“, 

“It’s been a few months since Prop 8 passed. We were angry. We got a lot of attention and made a lot of headway in getting people on our side. But now, like new year’s resolutions, we’ve grown complacent. Well, it’s time to wake up and start fighting again.”

This is a fight that does not end once your state has reached the finish line. On the popular social networking site Twitter, I noticed yesterday someone wrote,

you know really, i wonder if 16 million californians have enough money to make gay marriage legal in utah

It portrayed a frustration that in reality, legalization of gay marriage in this country is a matter not of law or morality, but of money. And effort. And community. And organization. 

As I said, today, forty two states have effectively banned gay marriage. There are battles appearing almost weekly across the country to enact more constitutional bans against gay marriage. But there are also bills appearing across the country to invalidate or overturn those bans. It is all in flux right now. Today. And whether we win or lose is up to you. Yes, you. Remember that anger you had November 4th, November 5th, even January 5th? Well, it’s time to resurrect it. Because the fight is just beginning. And like it or not, you’re included.

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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

GOP Congresswoman Saying She Would ‘Do Anything’ to Protect Her Grandchildren, Even ‘Shooting Them’ Sets Internet on Fire

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U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) in a speech denouncing a House bill on gun safety, appears to inadvertently have declared that to protect her five grandchildren, she would “do anything,” even shoot them.

“I rise in opposition to H.R. 2377,” Congresswoman Lesko says in the video. “I have five grandchildren. I would do anything, anything to protect my five grandchildren, including as a last resort shooting them if I had to, to protect the lives of my grandchildren.”

NCRM has verified the video is accurate. Congresswoman Lesko made the remarks on June 9, according to C-SPAN, while she was opposing a red flag law.

The Congresswoman presumably meant she would as a last resort shoot someone threatening her grandchildren.

One Twitter user, Ryan Shead, posted the previously ignored video to Twitter, where it has gone viral and is trending.

Lesko, who some social media users note is running for re-election unopposed, went on to say: “Democrat bills that we have heard this week want to take away my right, my right to protect my grandchildren. they want to take away the rights of law-abiding citizens to protect their own children and grandchildren. and wives and brothers and sisters,” which is false.

“This bill takes away due process from law-abiding citizens. Can you imagine if you had a disgruntled ex or somebody who hates you because of your political views and they go to a judge and say, ‘oh, this person is dangerous,’ and that judge would take away your guns?”

Lesko’s hypothetical claims are false. Red flag laws are designed to protect both gun owners and those around them.

Some social media users noted that Congresswoman Lesko reportedly “attended meetings about overturning the election,” while others are having fun with the Arizona Republican’s remarks:

Watch Congresswoman Lesko’s remarks above or at this link.

 

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RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM

Separation of Church and State Is a ‘Fabrication’ Says Far Right Activist Charlie Kirk: They Should Be ‘Mixed Together’

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Far-right religious activist, conspiracy theorist, and founder of the right-wing organization Turning Point USA Charlie Kirk has falsely declared that separation of church and state, a bedrock principle on which American society is based, is a “fabrication” not in the Constitution.

Kirk is a member of the secretive theocratic Council for National Policy., a close friend of Donald Trump, Jr., and spent years promoting President Trump – even interviewing him at one point. Turning Point USA has had repeated challenges. The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer in 2017 write a piece about TPUSA titled, “A Conservative Nonprofit That Seeks to Transform College Campuses Faces Allegations of Racial Bias and Illegal Campaign Activity.”

Former TPUSA communications director Candace Owens has praised Hitler, saying “the problem” with him was that he wanted to “globalize.”

RELATED: Watch: Charlie Kirk Calls for Texans to Be ‘Deputized’ to Protect ‘White Demographics in America’

On Wednesday Kirk declared, “There is no separation of church and state. It’s a fabrication. It’s a fiction. It’s not in the Constitution. It’s made up by secular humanists.”

That’s false.

The claim separation of church and state is not in the Constitution is a religious right belief that has been debunked by countless legal experts.

“Of course we should have church and state mixed together,” Kirk continued. “Our Founding Fathers believed in that. We can go through the detail of that. They established – literally – a church in Congress.”

That too is false.

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“It’s a good thing Charlie Kirk doesn’t go to Wheaton because he would fail my Constitutional Law class,” writes Dr. Miranda Yaver, PhD, a Wheaton College professor.

As most public school students know, Kirk’s claims are belied by the First Amendment to the U.S., Constitution, which states:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

It’s the Establishment Clause, legal experts say, that debunks Kirk’s falsehood.

In reviewing the Supreme Court’s recent rulings, Reuters last month noted: “It was President Thomas Jefferson who famously said in an 1802 letter that the establishment clause should represent a ‘wall of separation’ between church and state. The provision prevents the government from establishing a state religion and prohibits it from favoring one faith over another.”

Jefferson is also considered the principal author of the Declaration of Independence.

Watch Charlie Kirk below or at this link.

 

 

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Pat Cipollone Is ‘A Greatest Hits Package of Crazy Statements’ by Donald Trump: Legal Expert

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Former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone has agreed to speak to the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on Congress on Friday.

Former Assistant Deputy Attorney General Harry Litman told CNN that Cipollone has carefully negotiated the testimony and he will likely “steer around down the middle” of the attorney/client privilege. However, former President Donald Trump is not the client of a White House counsel, the White House is. President Joe Biden has waived executive privilege for anything involving Jan. 6 or the 2020 election.

“He is a greatest hits package of crazy statements by Donald Trump,” Litman said of Cipollone. “He is the one who says to Mark Meadows, ‘You know, if you do this, you’ll have blood on your effing hands.’ He’s the one who says to Mark Meadows about [Mike] Pence, ‘You’ve got to stop it’ and Meadows says, ‘You’ve heard him. He thinks the rioters are right.’ He’s the one who has to go to Cassidy Hutchinson, a 25-year-old, and plead with her because Meadows won’t speak to him. ‘Please try to keep him from going to the Capitol.’ He’s the one who says, ‘if I go to the Capitol, it will be every effing crime imaginable.'”

READ MORE: Longtime friend of GOP’s Eric Greitens calls him a ‘broken man’ and accuses him of lying about his beliefs

“Now, they’ve negotiated it up, and probably what he wants is to say he’s not piercing attorney/client privilege. But all these statements I’ve said to you, Trump’s nowhere around. So, attorney/client has to be with the client for the purpose of getting legal advice, so he’s got tons to say without that.”

As Litman explained, Cipollone is in “everything.”

See the discussion below.

Image: Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks  via Flickr:
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump talk with Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, her husband Jesse Barrett, Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, his wife Virginia Thomas, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, and Deputy White House Counsel Kate Comerford Todd in the Blue Room of the White House Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, after attending Barrett’s swearing-in ceremony as Supreme Court Associate Justice.

 

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