As the U.S. edges toward full 50-state marriage equality, the leader of the free world doesn’t “at this point” think it should be the law?
Many across the nation angrily scoffed this week when likely GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush, W’s brother, announced his belief that he in no way supports same-sex marriage, but that it is an issue thatÂ should be decided by the states. He addedÂ that the voters’ decisions should be “respected.”
Some no doubt will say that Bush’s position is a tiny bit similarÂ to Hillary Clinton‘s. This past summer, the former Secretary of State and likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, told NPR that she, too, thinks same-sex marriage should be left to the states.
â€œFor me, marriage has always been a matter left to the statesâ€¦ I fully endorse the efforts by activists to work state-by-state. In fact, that is what is working.â€
Perhaps true, but that doesn’t mean it should be a state issue. In fact, it should not.
So what about President Barack Obama?
The President has proven to be, without question, one of the LGBT community’s most ardent advocates and supporters. His actions, comments, and policies have expanded the civil rights and equality of millions of LGBT people across the nation, and even, to a degree, around the world.Â
He repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” He supports same-sex marriage. He tried to get Congress to pass ENDA, and when it became clear that was impossible, he signed executive orders to protect LGBT people in the workplace of federal contractors.
PresidentÂ Obama has also appointedÂ openly gay judges to the federal bench, and his attorney general, Eric Holder, recently stated that the federal government would now see transgender people as protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Obama also signed into law the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, he’s hosted annual LGBT pride celebrations in the White House, and he lifted the ban against people with HIV from entering the country.
The President ordered any hospital that accepts federal funds to treat all spouses or partners of LGBT people as if they were legally married, ensured the Family and Medical Leave Act included LGBT employees, and even before he was elected declared his belief that DOMA is unconstitutional. After he was elected, and before the Supreme Court had an opportunity to strike it down, the President announced he and the Attorney General would no longer defend it in court.
The list of his accomplishments and support is extremely long, so it may come as a huge surprise to many that today we learn President Obama, also, does not believe there should be a federal law protecting the right of all same-sex couples to marry.
MSNBC political reporterÂ Alex Seitz-Wald, via Twitter this afternoon wrote that President Barack Obama does not yet support a nationwide law allowing, or protecting the right of same-sex couples to marry.
â€” Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) January 6, 2015
The tweet refers to Josh Earnest, Obama’s Press Secretary, and NBC reporter Peter Alexander.
Why is this disturbing? For starters, it allows Republicans to claim, once again â€“ albeit falsely â€“Â they have the same, or similar, position on marriage as the President.
It’s antiquated, now that 36 states in fact have extended the right of marriage to same-sex couples.
And it’s embarrassing, one might think, given his unprecedentedÂ support to the LGBT community.
Is this the constitutional professor in him? Is it his repeatedlyÂ demonstrated belief that people ultimately will do the right thing if given the chance?
Or is this an error in judgment, or just evidence he’s very busy and hasn’t givenÂ this sufficient thought, considering he’s a bit busy leading the free world?
Whatever the reason, it is time for a nationwide law protecting the rights of same-sex couples to marry, don’t you think?
Photo: Chicago Pride 2012. Image via Flickr
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82-Year-Old Black Woman Arrested and Handcuffed by Alabama Police Over $77 Unpaid Trash Bill
Martha Menefield, an 82-year-old Black woman in Valley, Alabama, had police officers show up to her home on Sunday and arrest her for failing to pay a $77 trash bill, CBS42 reports.
Menefield told CBS42 that she thought the bill had already been paid, “but they said it hadn’t.”
“And the cuffs,” she said, her eyes swelling with tears. “They’re so heavy.”
When the officer told her not to cry, Menefield asked him, “How would you feel if they came and arrested your grandmama?”
“I’m just happy my grandkids weren’t here to see that,” Menefield said, her voice shaking. “That would have upset them. I was so ashamed. And it’s been bothering me.”
In a post on the city’s social media account, Valley’s police chief defended the arrest.
“City of Valley Code Enforcement Officers issued Ms. Menefield a citation in August of 2022 for non-payment for trash services for the months of June, July, and August,” Chief Mike Reynolds’ statement said. “Prior to issuing the citation, Code Enforcement tried to call Ms. Menefield several times and attempted to contact her in person at her residence. When contact could not be made, a door hanger was left at her residence. The hanger contained information on the reason for the visit and a name and contact phone number for her to call. The citation advised Ms. Menefield that she was to appear in court on September 7, 2022, in reference to this case. A warrant for Failure to Pay-Trash was issued when she did not appear in court.”
Since the arrest, Menefield has been thinking about the role of God in her life.
“I’ve been questioning God a little bit,” she said. “I guess cause I’ve been so upset. I had a daycare here for eight years, and I’ve been asking the Lord. I say ‘Why did this happen to me as much as I’ve done for people, Lord? I’ve paid my tithes every Sunday. I ushered at church. I was just questioning. Something’s just not right.”
Read the full report over at CBS42.
‘Another Happy Jobs Day’: Economists Thrilled With ‘Amazing’ Report as Jobs Growth Beats Expectations, Wages Increase
The Biden economy added a whopping 263,000 jobs last month, crushing expectations of 200,000, and wages are growing as well, leading one economist to declare “another happy jobs day.”
The U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) adds that unemployment remains at a near-historic low of 3.7% in November, “and has been in a narrow range of 3.5 percent to 3.7 percent since March.”
University of Michigan School of Economics Professor Justin Wolfers exclaimed, “It’s yet ANOTHER happy jobs day. Payrolls rose +263k, well above expectations.”
“This expansion just keeps on rolling on,” added Wolfers, a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution.
Wolfers also takes on those who have been falsely pushing “recession” talking points.
“BTW, remember all that recession talk? It was nonsense. Bollocks. Cow dung,” he tweets. “There never was a recession. And the economy sure doesn’t look like it’s in one now. Job growth at this rate is the economy singing: ‘This is a robust expansion.'”
And he also slams the doom and gloom forecasters.
The flip from “Recession!” to “Overheating!” is just about the perfect example of the bad news bias in most economic commentary.
Look folks, if the economists you talk to are always gloomy, they’re only giving you half the story.https://t.co/mcD76jthvN
— Justin Wolfers (@JustinWolfers) December 2, 2022
Economist David Rothschild sums up where the Biden economy is compared to the rest of the world.
“Economy is far from perfect,” he writes, “but conditional on the worldwide pandemic and supply chain issues generated from pandemic: US economy has done *amazing* over last 2 years.”
In news alerts The New York Times reported hiring “continued to exceed expectations,” The Wall Street Journal called it “a sign of continued strength in the labor market,” and even Fox News reported it as “stronger-than-expected.” CNN referred to the jobs report as “robust” and “defying expectations.”
“America’s jobs engine kept churning in November, the Labor Department reported Friday, a show of continued demand for workers despite the Federal Reserve’s push to curb inflation by tamping down hiring, The Times reported. “The labor market has been surprisingly resilient in the face of successive interest rate increases by the Fed over the past year. Even sectors normally sensitive to borrowing costs, like construction and manufacturing, have been slow to back off the brisk pace of growth they posted coming out of the pandemic.”
The BLS also broke down unemployment numbers by demographics.
“Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (3.4 percent), adult women (3.3 percent), teenagers (11.3 percent), Whites (3.2 percent), Blacks (5.7 percent), Asians (2.7 percent), and Hispanics (3.9 percent) showed little or no change over the month.”
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‘The Law Is Clear’: Appeals Court Rules Trump Handpicked Judge Should Never Have Appointed Special Master
A three-judge panel on the conservative 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against Donald Trump, and effectively against his hand-picked federal district court judge Aileen Cannon in the ex-president’s “special master” case.
The judges, all three conservatives, two of whom appointed to the bench by Trump himself, ruled that Judge Cannon should never have agreed to Trump’s request to appoint a “special master” to review all the items the Dept. of Justice removed from his Mar-a-Lago residence by executing a legal search warrant.
Cannon had ordered the special master to specifically review approximately 100 classified documents, and blocked the DOJ from accessing them while they were under review. That block halted its investigation into Trump’s likely illegal retention of the documents and other items – over 10,000 – he removed from the White House and was string at Mar-a-Lago.
CNN calls Thursday’s ruling “a major defeat for former President Donald Trump.” The appeals court’s ruling halts “a third-party review of documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate,” and “removes a major obstacle to the Justice Department’s investigation into the mishandling of government records from Trump’s time in the White House.”
“The law is clear,” the judges wrote in their ruling Thursday, posted by NBC News’ Daniel Barnes. “We cannot write a rule that allows any subject of a search warrant to block government investigations after the execution of the warrant. Nor can we write a rule that allows only former presidents to do so. Either approach would be a radical reordering of our caselaw limiting the federal courts’ involvement in criminal investigations.”
“And both would violate bedrock separation-of-powers limitations,” they continued. “Accordingly, we agree with the government that the district court improperly exercised equitable jurisdiction, and that dismissal of the entire proceeding is required.”
They also wrote: “In considering these arguments, we are faced with a choice: apply our usual test; drastically expand the availability of equitable jurisdiction for every subject of a search warrant; or carve out an unprecedented exception in our law for former presidents. We choose the first option. So the case must be dismissed.”
“The district court,” meaning Judge Cannon, “improperly exercised equitable jurisdiction in this case. For that reason, we VACATE the September 5 order on appeal and REMAND with instructions for the district court to DISMISS the underlying civil action.”
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