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Breaking: Supreme Court To Consider Louisiana Same-Sex Marriage Case

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The U.S. Supreme Court next month will consider the Louisiana same-sex marriage case that became the first to lose in federal court since DOMA was overturned.

On September 3, breaking a string of 38 federal decisions supporting same-sex marriage plaintiffs, Reagan-appointed federal Judge Martin Feldman ruled against same-sex couples in what has become an historic case, Robicheaux v. George (originally Robicheaux v. Caldwell). Many considered that ruling–which included a fear of legalizing incest–among other illogical and biased reasons, grievously flawed. 

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the case, along with another, De Leon v. Perry, on January 9. 

But today the U.S. Supreme Court issued a notice that states on that same day, January 9, the Court will consider reviewing Robicheaux v. George. The Court meets several times a year, in highly secretive closed-door meetings, to consider cases to review. 

“We are grateful that the Supreme Court will be considering our case and are hopeful that they will see the importance of taking up this issue sooner rather than later,” Derek Penton-Robicheaux told The New Civil Rights Movement this afternoon. “As fate would have it, we will also be in oral arguments before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that same morning. What exciting way to start the new year.”

Court watchers will remember that in October, the Supreme Court met and refused to review any same-sex marriage cases, leading to a flurry of states having to allow same-sex marriage, amid the dropping of several stays. Several states are still embattled in attempts to delay or ward off the inevitable.

The Supreme Court could also consider cases in the 6th Circuit, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, after that Court ruled last month that states can, indeed, ban same-sex marriage, setting up a constitutional crisis.

“If the Court makes no mention of the marriage cases after the conference, the cases will likely be relisted for consideration at a future conference, Freedom to Marry notes. “The subsequent conferences this winter will be held on January 16 and January 23.” 

HRC is urging the Supreme Court to review the case and to decide for equality.

“There’s no question that the U.S. Supreme Court must decide the issue once and for all,” HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow said in a statement. “The existing patchwork of marriage laws across the country creates immense challenges for same-sex couples who simply want a fair shot at protecting and providing for themselves and their families.  A strong majority of Americans, along with dozens of federal courts across the country, agree that states should not be able to continue discriminating against couples who wish to have their relationships recognized as valid under the law.”

 

Editor’s note: Derek Penton-Robicheaux is a contributing writer for The New Civil Rights Movement.

Image via Derek Penton-Robicheaux. Used by permission.

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‘Snooze Fest’: Internet Mocks Trump’s ‘Extremely Boring’ and ‘Low Energy’ CPAC Speech

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White Nationalist One-Term Twice-Impeached Former US President Speaks to Right Wing Group From Nazi-Inspired Stage

For the first time since he incited an insurrection last month the disgraced former American president, Donald Trump, on Sunday delivered what many are calling a “low-energy” and “extremely boring” speech to attendees of CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, in Orlando, Florida late Sunday afternoon.

The ex-president, who started his speech 100 minutes late, looked and sounded far older than he did on January 6, attacking President Joe Biden and insisting that his five weeks performance should be enough for “Democrats to lose the White House” in 2024.

“Actually, as you know, they just lost the White House,” Trump told supporters, adding: “I may even decide to beat them for a third time, who knows?”

The crowd, a mostly over-50 group of white Americans, roared, even though Trump has won only one election, and never the popular vote.

Trump’s speech was very similar to his past stump speeches, filled with racism, white nationalism, and lies about his opponents and the 2020 election that he lost – which he continues to refuse to admit. The “fake news” media, transgender people, and NIH Director Dr. Anthony Fauci were also the target of his attacks.

He also tried to re-instill the perceived victimization of conservatives that fueled his presidency, claiming for example that Americans will no longer be able to hire attorneys because undocumented immigrants are taking them all away from U.S. citizens, which is a lie.

Other lies included that wind energy is bad for the environment,

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'POLICY WASTELAND'

Trump Has Left Behind a Republican Party Almost as ‘Toxic’ as He Is: GOP Adviser

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According to a report from Politico, Donald Trump may no longer be president but the Republican Party he left behind has been damaged to the point where it has almost become as “toxic” as he is to voters, according to one former top aide to a Republican senator.

As the report notes, high-profile members of the Republican party are still pushing Trump’s “Big lie” that the 2020 election was stolen from him and have made that their focus going forward in lieu of proposing new policies that would allow them to win back the White House and both chambers on Congress.

Writing for Politico, David Siders explained, “Nearly four months after the election and one month into Joe Biden’s presidency, the politics of grievance has become the near-singular organizing principle of the post-Trump GOP. And whether at CPAC or in statehouses across the country, policy prescriptions for restoring so-called voter integrity have emerged as the primary focus of the party’s energy.”

That focus on stopping people from voting could blow up in their faces, but worse still, it means they have no other message for voters other than the fact that they are lingering on Trump’s loss.

Benjamin Ginsberg, a conservative election lawyer asked, “Tell me what the innovative Republican policies have been of late?” before adding it is “probably a sign that the Republican Party is mired in a bit of a policy wasteland and doesn’t know which way to turn to get out.”

According to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who served in President George W. Bush’s administration, there is no evidence of widespread election fraud and Republicans harping on it is, “a big distraction. And I worry that it will continue to be a big distraction as long as a certain individual makes statements that it was stolen.”

Former Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) adviser Kevin Madden was a bit more blunt in his assessment.

“It is a party that has been fashioned in the mold of Trump — Trump’s message, Trump’s tactics — and it is perfectly comfortable being a party that is defined by what it’s against,” he explained before adding, “… you become almost toxic as a party brand to larger, growing parts of the electorate. … The limitation of a message and a platform that’s just about disagreeing with the opposition is that it doesn’t speak to the broader concerns or anxieties of a big part of the electorate.”

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Matt Schlapp Lashes Out at Critics of CPAC’s Nazi Symbol Stage Design

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The head of the Conservative Political Action Committee on Saturday attacked critics noting CPAC’s stage looks like a Nazi symbol.

Matt Schlapp made his denial after “Nazi” trended nationwide on Twitter as users discussed the stage looking like an Odal rune symbol.

Schlapp, however, did not apologize. Instead he said, “stage design conspiracies are outrageous and slanderous.”

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