What John Boehner’s House Is Saying — In Court — About Gay Homes
John Boehner, as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has decided to defend the unconstitutional law known as DOMA, the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Boehner’s lawyer, Paul Clement, filed documents in federal court this week — at the taxpayer’s expense, of course — which make rather nasty, offensive, and untrue accusations about the nature of same-sex relationships, marriage, and even about the nature of homosexuality. It’s bad enough when professional gay-haters like Maggie Gallagher and Bryan Fischer spew this hatred — after all, that’s how they make their living — but to have to hear it from our own government, paid for with our hard-earned tax dollars, well, that should be enough for every self-accepting gay man, lesbian, and bisexual and transgender American to vote Democratic in 2012.
Here’s the list, “Top Five Homophobic Statements From Boehnerâ€™s DOMA Briefs,”Â thanks to Zack Ford of Think Progress, who put together the five-point list below,Â and Joe Sudbay of AmericaBlog, whose work it’s based on— head over to both sites to see more, including direct quotes from the briefs.
1. GAYS HAVE NOT HISTORICALLY FACED DISCRIMINATION:Â Ignoring the fact that there have beenÂ laws against homosexualityÂ for about as long as people have been publicly out, Clement argues that anti-gay discrimination is a â€œunique and relatively short-lived product of the twentieth century.â€ Worse yet, Clement argues that because things are getting better, any arguable history of discrimination is irrelevant.
2. SEXUAL ORIENTATION IS A CHOICE:Â Clementâ€™s argument against the immutability of sexual orientation is shallow and duplicitous. He points out that people â€œchooseâ€ to identify as gay, confusing selecting oneâ€™s orientation with identifying with it. He suggests that if sexual orientation were immutable, it could be determined at birth. And most deceptively, he implies that because scientists have not agreed upon a clearÂ causeÂ for sexual orientation,they do not have consensus that it is not a conscious choiceÂ â€”Â they do. He even attempts to tell Ms. Windsor that she is wrong about her own sexual orientation.
3. GAYS HAVE PLENTY OF POLITICAL POWER:Â Despite the fact that gays and lesbians constitute only a small percentage of the population and have been discriminated against by majority votes for decades, Clement tries to make the case that gays are not â€œpolitically powerless,â€ one of the qualifications for heightened scrutiny. By selectively highlighting successes and positive polling around LGBT equality, he paints a false picture of how rosy life is for gays and lesbians, snidely using the Department of Justiceâ€™s stance against DOMA to make his point.
4. SAME-SEX COUPLES MAKE BAD PARENTS:Â One of Congressâ€™s rationales for passing DOMA was the idea of â€œresponsible procreation,â€ the idea that opposite-sex couples were better suited to raising children and thus marriage was a privilege reserved for them. In order to defend this idea, Clement must challengeÂ scientific consensus on the existing researchÂ that shows same-sex parents to be equally as effective, and so he does.
5. THE INSTITUTION OF MARRIAGE MUST BE PROTECTED:Â Implicit in all arguments against marriage equality is the fear-mongering claim that somehow allowing same-sex couples to marry will destroy the â€œinstitutionâ€ of marriage. Indeed, Clement has made it clear he will argue that marriage must be â€œdefendedâ€ from â€œredefinition.â€ He also implies that the benefits that same-sex marriages would be afforded would be an undue financial burden for the government.
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Trump Indictment Is a Massive 34 Counts: CNN
When he appears in New York next week, Donald Trump will face a 34-count indictment.
CNN’s John Miller on-air Thursday evening announced, “I am told by my sources that this is 34 counts of falsification of business records, which is probably a lot of charges involving each document, each thing that was submitted, as a separate count.”
JUST IN: CNN’s John Miller says Trump will face 34 counts related to falsifying business recordshttps://t.co/XqxXbMBcSC pic.twitter.com/oY1blHS8K0
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 30, 2023
Attorney Tristan Snell, who assisted in the successful prosecution of the Trump University case for the New York Attorney General’s Office, responded via Twitter:
“This is WAY more than expected. If this is correct, it could mean that the indictment covers FAR more than the Stormy Daniels hush money — like Karen McDougal hush money or other hush money/catch-and-kill cases.”
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“My hunch for a while,” Snell adds, “given [David] Pecker’s involvement and the drawn-out timetable of the indictment, plus the TWENTY interviews of Michael Cohen with the DA, showed that something far larger than Stormy might be in the works.”
“May still be wrong, of course. But 34 counts is a LOT!”
Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Says It Is Coordinating With Trump to ‘Surrender’
Donald Trump’s attorneys were notified Thursday afternoon a Manhattan grand jury had voted to indict him on felony charges related to his alleged hush money payoff of a porn star he reported slept with.
The ex-president’ attorney recently said if indicted Trump would travel to New York to turn himself in.
The Office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has just issued a strongly-worded statement saying it is “coordinating” with Trump’s attorneys for his “surrender.”
“This evening we contacted Mr. Trump’s attorney to coordinate his surrender to the Manhattan D.A.’s Office for arraignment on a Supreme Court indictment, which remains under seal. Guidance will be provided when the arraignment date is selected,” the statement reads.
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The Daily Beast’s Jose Pagliery posted the statement to Twitter.
Breaking news: Manhattan DA is negotiating for Trump’s “surrender.” pic.twitter.com/9fFx7heiGA
— Jose Pagliery (@Jose_Pagliery) March 30, 2023
NBC News explains the process, noting he is expected to be arraigned next week.
“After the indictment, Trump will be arrested and taken into custody. He will likely have a mug shot and fingerprints taken,” NBC reports. “Trump will then appear in court to be arraigned, where he will hear charges and enter a plea. Two sources familiar with the situation told NBC News that the former president is likely to be arraigned next week. Trump will either be jailed or released while pre-trial hearings take place.”
'INDICTED FOR HIS BEHAVIOR'
‘You Can’t Stand on Fifth Avenue and Just Shoot Somebody’: Donald Trump Indicted – Legal Experts Respond
Just past 5:00 PM ET The New York Times broke the news that Donald Trump, the ex-president, had been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury on felony charges.
It is a historic moment.
Legal experts are weighing in to help guide Americans through an event that has never before happened in this country.
Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Ackerman says the fact that this is the first time in U.S. history a president is facing criminal charges is itself a problem.
“I think it would have not been a novel event,” Ackerman said on MSNBC, “if we had done this 49 years ago with Richard Nixon, and he had not been pardoned, this will not be a big event [that] it is today.”
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“Everybody should be held accountable,” Ackerman added, citing former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s earlier remarks. Cohen testified repeatedly before the Manhattan grand jury that indicted Trump late Thursday afternoon after a three-hour session.
Ackerman lamented that despite over 30 people being indicted during Watergate, “Richard Nixon was pardoned, he wasn’t held accountable.”
“I think this is very important,” Ackerman continued, “establishing a principle, a line in the sand, that even if you’re the President of the United States, and you commit a crime, you can’t stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and just shoot somebody.”
Ackerman was referring to Trump’s infamous comments during the 2016 election, when he bragged he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”
Attorney and civil rights activist Maya Wiley, also on MSNBC, said, “It’s important and sobering that we had somebody who had the highest office of this country who has now ben indicted for his behavior, his acts, in order to win that office, but also faces what are more shoes that will drop, I believe.”
“It is a sobering moment for this country, that we are witnessing this happened to somebody who was entrusted with such power who has now had a jury of his peers, because that is what a grand jury also is, say we believe he had to face the music.”
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Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, now a professor of law, called this a “moment where we would do well to seriously assess who we are as Americans and who we are not as Americans, because we re all so familiar with Donald Trump’s tactics.”
Fmr. federal prosecutor @JoyceWhiteVance joins “The Beat” on news of Donald Trump’s indictment – “A moment where we would do well to seriously assess who we are as Americans and who we are not as Americans.” pic.twitter.com/H4odpLre3C
— The Beat with Ari Melber 📺 (@TheBeatWithAri) March 30, 2023
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