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UPDATED: 6th Circuit Court Of Appeals Rules States Can Ban Same-Sex Marriage

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The first U.S. Court of Appeals to break a long winning streak has ruled that the State of Michigan can ban same-sex marriage.

In a continuation of conservative values slamming Americans this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit just ruled that states can in fact ban same-sex marriage.

The ruling, while not unexpected, is still stunning.

In a cautionary warning that clearly does not understand history, the Court claimed “the people,” and not lawyers or judges, should be allowed “resolve new social issues like this one.”

When the courts do not let the people resolve new social issues like this one, they perpetuate the idea that the heroes in these change events are judges and lawyers. Better in this instance, we think, to allow change through the customary political processes, in which the people, gay and straight alike, become the heroes of their own stories by meeting each other not as adversaries in a court system but as fellow citizens seeking to resolve a new social issue in a fair-minded way.

The ruling is above. It applies to Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.

This clearly sets up a constitutional challenge that will force the Supreme Court to intercede.

UPDATE I – 5:00 PM EST:

Via Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade:

The majority decision was written by U.S. Circuit Judge Jeffrey Sutton, an appointee of George W. Bush who was seen as the panel’s swing vote on marriage. 

Sutton was joined in the decision by U.S. Circuit Judge Deborah Cook, another appointee of George W. Bush. Writing the dissent in the case was U.S. Circuit Judge Martha Daughtrey, a Clinton appointee who accuses the majority of refusing to take up its responsibility to guard the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens.

UPDATE II – 6:01 PM EST:

Dissenting 6th Circuit Judge: Anti-Gay Marriage Ruling ‘Fails’ On ‘Constitutional Question’

EDITOR’S NOTE:
The New Civil Rights Movement is proud to have been one of the first news outlets to cover the Michigan Case, Deboer v. Snyder. 

You can read our first story about the couple who became plaintiffs in the 6th Circuit case: “Mother’s Day On Our Radar – Lesbian Supermoms Take On Family Equality.

For more on this family and the case, see a few of our many articles:

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Tells Lesbian Couple And Their Three Children: You Are Not A Family

Two Moms Remind Us, Though DOMA Is Dead, We Have Not Yet Finished Our Fight For Equality

Couple Who Brought Same-Sex Marriage To Michigan Won’t Marry — Yet

Breaking: Listen Here – Audio Of All Six Marriage Cases In 6th Circuit Court Released

6th Circuit Judge: ‘Sky Hasn’t Fallen’ In A Decade Of Same-Sex Marriage

As Regnerus Testifies Against Marriage In Court, His University Denounces His Research

Judge Rules Lesbian Couple Can Challenge Michigan’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban – Cites Supreme Court’s DOMA Decision

 

 

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WHITE NATIONALISM IS HATE

White Nationalist Congressman Tweets White Nationalist Group’s Motto in Sex Worker Meme

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Dr. Paul Gosar, a Republican U.S. Rep. from Arizona and a white nationalist on Sunday tweeted out a meme featuring a sex worker and the motto from a white nationalist group.

“$50 WHATEVER YOU WANT BABY,” says a woman peering into a car. The driver says, “Can you TELL EVERYONE AMERICA FIRST IS INEVITABLE.”

America First is inevitable,” as HuffPost reports, “is the motto of the ‘America First’ white nationalist movement headed by the racist and anti-Semitic podcaster Nick Fuentes.”

Gosar’s original tweet is here. NCRM has inserted a screenshot in case it gets deleted.

Gosar late last month delivered the hate group’s keynote address, then on the same day headed to CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, and appeared to denounce white nationalism.

 

Image by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia and a CC license

 

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RNC Reinforces Ties to Trump by Moving Major Donor Dinner to Mar-a-Lago

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The Republican Party has had multiple chances to distance itself from former President Donald Trump, including most recently when he sent the RNC a cease and desist letter warning them to not use his name or image for fundraising. But as usual the RNC just reinforced its ties to Trump, moving a major donor dinner to Mar-a-Lago.

“The weekend retreat in early April for the party’s most influential donors will be at a luxury hotel in Palm Beach, as in past years,” The Washington Post reports. “But the RNC has decided to move the Saturday evening portion of the schedule to the former president’s private club to accommodate Trump and guests who would like to visit the site.”

The move will line Trump’s pockets with cash and give him another opportunity to bask in the spotlight of the donors’ adulation.

At least 350 are expected to attend the Mar-a-Lago event.

 

Image Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr 

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LIES AND THE LYING LIARS THAT TELL THEM

Marjorie Taylor Greene Lies Pending LGBTQ Equality Bill Has ‘Completely Canceled Women’ and ‘Destroyed Women’s Rights’

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U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) on Monday used her time to address the House of Representatives by lying to her colleagues and attacking the LGBTQ Equality Act.

The legislation, which passed the House but has not been debated in the Senate or even voted on, much less signed into law, “has completely destroyed women’s rights,” and “has completely canceled women,” the QAnon Congresswoman lied.

The Equality Act, she continued, “has taken away women’s rights in sports,” which is also false.

“It has completely canceled women and I think it’s a terrible thing that’s happened to the women in America who have come so far, our grandmothers and mothers worked so hard to achieve our rights. And now with the passage of the Equality Act they have put men in our little girls bathrooms, sports, locker rooms, playing fields, and seem to care less about women’s rights whatsoever.”

Again the Equality Act has only passed the House, not the Senate, nor has it been signed into law, so it has not been enacted.

“They’ve also completely destroyed religious freedoms and and violated our freedoms and rights in every single way,” she insisted, not naming who “they” are.

“The Equality Act is atrocious and evil,” she said, repeating the false claim she has made several times. “It completely erases gender, that God created us ‘male and female in his image.’ He created us. Women deserve their rights, we deserve our sports, we deserve our privacy, and should not have the invasion of biological men in any of these areas.”

Green has been trying to remake herself from a conspiracy theorist and QAnon promoter to a far right religious extremist anti-choice activist. Her diatribe on International Women’s Day did little to advance that goal, or any other cause.

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