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GOP Congressman Says SCOTUS Ruling Means Now ‘You Can Marry My Lawnmower’

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Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa has created an entire new industry. Too bad he doesn’t understand the concept of consent.

Anti-gay conservatives incapable of empathy or respect like to throw down one-liners because it makes them feel superior and slightly more in control, at a time when the nation is quickly changing and advancing in a more progressive direction.

So it’s not surprising that in Iowa yesterday, as he was traveling with fellow homophobe Mike Huckabee, U.S. Congressman Steve King (R-IA), quipped that the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell last month meant that from now on, “you can marry my lawnmower.”

Journalist Matt Taibbi was on hand for the attack, and posted this tweet:

Of course, many people think it’s funny, but the truth of the matter is it’s damaging to the institution of marriage – of which King claims to be an ardent defender – and it’s hurtful to the millions of LGBT Americans who, despite finally having been recognized by the Supreme Court as full and equal citizens, at least when it comes to marriage, are still fair game for the bigots, homophobes, and haters.

It turns out, the “you can marry my lawnmower” slur is part of King’s stump standup routine.

Just days after the ruling, King, traveling the state, used the same line, telling supporters a few lies in the bargain.

It’s a fact of history that children do better in a home with a mom and a dad,” King said, according to the Pilot Tribune.”There’s no better way to impart our values from one generation to the next than a mother and father who are committed to each other and that are blessed with children in a natural union.”

King – falsely – claimed that kids raised in a one-man, one-woman household “contribute more to society. They’re better behaved, their faith is stronger, their education gets a little better,” which is poppycock. And an attack not only on same-sex headed households, but on single parents as well.

“The civil government got into the business of promoting and supporting Holy Matrimony because these basic values are the building blocks of our civilization. Now, the Supreme Court has ruled that they’re not. Their ruling really says anybody can marry anybody — and eventually it will be in any combination. I had a strong, Christian lawyer tell me yesterday (Tuesday, June 30) that, under this decision that he has read, what it brings about is: It only requires one human being in this relationship — that you could marry your lawnmower with this decision. I think he’s right,” King concluded.

Here’s another conclusion – and a prediction: Steve King is a dying breed. In less than a decade the vast majority of Americans will look upon his words and file them in the same place that the hate-mongering of the KKK lives today.

 

Image by Mike via Flickr and a CC license
Hat tip: Slate

 

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Trump Press Secretary Warns of ‘A Lot of Fraud’ in Mail-In Voting – but Voted by Mail 11 Times in 10 Years

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Across a span of 10 years Kayleigh McEnany chose to vote by mail 11 times. Yet now that she is the Trump White House press secretary, the Florida native repeatedly rails against mail-in voting.

As The Tampa Bay Times reports, McEnany “has voted by mail in every Florida election she has participated in since 2010, according to a Tampa Bay Times review of her voting history. Most recently, she voted by mail in the state’s March 2020 presidential primary, just as Trump did after he made Florida his new permanent home.”

Sticking with her usual combative and misleading stance, McEnany attacked the Tampa Bay newspaper for its accurate reporting, in a statement packed with falsehoods.

“Absentee voting has the word absent in it for a reason. It means you’re absent from the jurisdiction or unable to vote in person. President Trump is against the Democrat plan to politicize the coronavirus and expand mass mail-in voting without a reason, which has a high propensity for voter fraud. This is a simple distinction that the media fails to grasp.”

But Florida does not have “absentee voting.” Anyone can request a mail-in ballot for any reason, or none.

There is an “infinitesimally small” percent of vote by mail fraud, studies show. The Brennan Center did the math: “Rounded to the seventh decimal point, that’s 0.0000001 percent of all votes cast.”

Contrary to claims by the President and his press secretary, Trump was in Florida, at Mar-a-Lago, this year on March 7, 8, and 9, and could have voted in the Florida primary in person if he wished, as the Sun Sentinel reported.

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US Breaks 100,000 Mark for Coronavirus Deaths

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At 1:02 PM the United States coronavirus death toll passed the 100,000 mark. It’s been just four months and eight days since the first case of the deadly virus was diagnosed in the U.S.

According to Johns Hopkins and NBC News, the death toll is now 100,012.

President Donald Trump spent months not taking action and downplaying the threat, then falsely claiming it would “disappear,” like a “miracle.”

A new study shows President Trump’s decision to cut off incoming traffic from China forced hundreds of thousands to enter the U.S. without being tested, likely resulting in the huge numbers of coronavirus infections. Trump repeated that deadly error when he shut down traffic from Europe.

The United States has more infections and more coronavirus deaths than any other nation, by far.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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Larry Kramer, Author, Activist, ACT UP Founder Dead at 84

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Larry Kramer, the playwright, AIDS activist, author, public health advocate, and LGBTQ activist who founded GMHC (Gay Men’s Health Crisis) and later ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), is dead at 84.

The New York Times reports Kramer’s husband, David Webster, said he died of pneumonia.

Kramer was known as an outspoken activist who wielded hyperbole like a sword.

“One of America’s most valuable troublemakers,” Susan Sontag called him.

Even some of the officials Mr. Kramer accused of “murder” and “genocide” recognized that his outbursts were part of a strategy to shock the country into dealing with AIDS as a public-health emergency.

Kramer targeted Dr. Anthony Fauci, who today is seen as one of the few, if not only, federal government officials who will tell the American people some of the truth about the coronavirus pandemic.

The infectious-disease expect Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was one who got the message — after Mr. Kramer wrote an open letter published in The San Francisco Examiner in 1988 calling him a killer and “an incompetent idiot.”

“Once you got past the rhetoric,” Dr. Fauci said in an interview for this obituary, “you found that Larry Kramer made a lot of sense, and that he had a heart of gold.”

Among his works is “The Normal Heart,” an autobiographical play first produced Off-Broadway in 1985, and again in 2004. It was revived for Broadway in 2011.

Read the Times’ full obituary here.

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