Chief Justice John Roberts last week worried if theÂ Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land, the “debate” would be over. Pity he doesn’t read the polls, because a new one says it already is.
Speaking to Mary Bonauto, the attorney for the same-sex couples, the Chief Justice suggested there were no consequences of waiting longer for marriage equality.Â
“On the other hand, one of the things that’s truly extraordinary about this whole issue is how quickly has been the acceptance of your position across broad elements of society. I don’t know what the latest opinion polls show,” Justice Roberts admitted.
Pointing to Maine, where lawmakers extended marriage to same-sex couples, only to have voters repeal that law, and then later vote for same-sex marriage, Roberts said “that sort of quick change has been a characteristic of this debate, but if you prevail here, there will be no more debate.”
Of course, Justice Roberts’ suggestion that same-sex couples don’t immediately need or deserve the rights and responsibilities marriage brings is ignorant and offensive on its face. So is his suggestion that rights are up for debate. It’s stunningly disappointing and of great concern that he believesÂ that, but given how his Court has gutted the Voting Rights Act, it’s not surprising.
Fortunately, today we can safely say that the debate has been had in this country, and it is overÂ â€“ at least in the minds of the majority of Americans.
Last month a large majorityÂ â€“ 61 percentÂ â€“ of Americans said they support the right of same-sex couples to marry.
Today, a new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal pollÂ finds that nearly as manyÂ â€“ 58 percentÂ â€“ want the Supreme Court to strikeÂ down all same-sex marriage bans and make marriage equality the law of the land. 44 percent said they strongly favor such a decision by the nation’s highest court.
What’s more, barely over a third of Americans,Â â€“ just 37 percentÂ â€“ said they oppose the Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage.
So, Justice Roberts, while your suggestion that rights should be up for debate is ludicrous, and that perhaps America should wait is washed up, we’ve waited, we’ve debated â€“Â and we’ve won.
The ball’s in your court.
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SCOTUS Justice Breyer Retiring
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, 83, is retiring at the end of the Court’s term. Breyer, nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, is one of just three liberals left on the nation’s highest court.
Progressives have been working to convince Breyer to retire while President Joe Biden still has a Democratic majority in the Senate.
NBC News’ Pete Williams broke the news. He notes President Biden committed to nominating the first Black woman to the Supreme Court.
BREAKING: Justice Stephen Breyer to retire from Supreme Court at end of current term. pic.twitter.com/PGaEeZwxQx
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 26, 2022
Mayor Who Promotes His City’s ‘Progressive Leadership’ Blocks Taxpayer Funds Over Library’s ‘Homosexual Materials’
Last March, Ridgeland, Mississippi Mayor Gene McGee spent time reading books to students at a local elementary school in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ Read Across America Week.
In September Mayor McGee signed a proclamation promoting Constitution Week, celebrating the 234th anniversary of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution.
Mayor McGee, who says his city of Ridgeland “attracts new businesses and new residents because of its vibrant businesses, progressive leadership, excellent schools and welcoming neighborhoods,” this week is refusing to release $110,000 in already appropriated funds to the local library because it has “homosexual materials” that he claims violate his Christian beliefs.
McGee “told me that the library can serve whoever we wanted, but that he only serves the great Lord above,” Tonja Johnson, executive director for the Madison County Library System told the Mississippi Free Press.
The counsel for the library board, Bob Sanders, was asked at a Tuesday meeting of the Ridgeland Library’s board if the mayor has legal authority to block the funds.
“Uh, no.” Sanders responded.
Mississippi Free Press reporter Nick Judin adds that “the mayor’s action may well violate basic constitutional rights, based on earlier court cases on the subject of LGBTQ book bans, including Sund v. City of Wichita Falls.”
On Twitter, Judin adds more details:
“…we encourage compassion and acceptance; we create a dialogue with the world as it is – as it could be – and invite children to continue that dialogue themselves.” pic.twitter.com/HypoCiujPE
— Nick Judin (@nickjudin) January 26, 2022
Tonja Johnson had a similar message: “It’s important to understand that LGBTQ+ books and materials are not just for the LGBT but for all of us: whether we can see ourselves reflected in those materials or so that we can develop understanding, empathy and respect for others.” pic.twitter.com/72MjE1sBm0
— Nick Judin (@nickjudin) January 26, 2022
Judin also offers this plea: “if you are sharing this story to make a point about Mississippi, I encourage you to remember that Mississippi is not just Gene McGee. Mississippi is also Tonja Johnson and the library board who voted unanimously to ignore his demands.”
No word yet on if the funds will be released.
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Watch: Trump Says He Will Be the ’47th President’ – Is He Skirting Federal Campaign Finance Law?
In video posted Wednesday to Instagram Donald Trump appears to say he will be the “47th President,” which would indicate once again he has decided to run again.
That video (below) was also reported by the New York Post, which notes, “Trump hasn’t publicly said if he is planning to run for the White House again — but he has repeatedly teased a second campaign and has been holding rallies ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.”
The right wing PJ Media adds, “this might have been the ultimate Freudian slip,” and says it suggests a re-election campaign.
Trump has not officially announced he will run for several reasons, as Rolling Stone explained last October:
Trump very much seems like he is running for president in 2024, which according to campaign finance law should prohibit him from coordinating with super PACs like MAGAA, or his leadership PAC Save America, which together brought in north of $80 million in the first half of this year. Trump is able to coordinate with those PACs, though — and use their money to finance his travel, his campaign-style rallies, his God knows what else — because he hasn’t yet officially declared his candidacy. The former president is then, in essence, running what appears to be a shadow campaign designed to skirt campaign finance regulations while holding the still-distant race for the Republican nomination hostage.
“As long as Trump doesn’t explicitly announce he’s running for president,” Rolling Stone added, “he can essentially raise as much money as he wants from whomever he wants, and spend it unfettered by the restrictions or transparency requirements imposed upon actual candidates.”
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