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NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, has just endorsed a Republican presidential candidate who literally has stood with a pastor who calls for the biblical killing of gay people.

Over the years, as it faced an ever-increasing uphill battle to “protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it,” the National Organization For Marriage (NOM) has become increasingly hostile to LGBT people and as it embraces the more radical elements of the religious right.

That became evident several years ago when NOM hosted an anti-same-sex marriage rally in New York City, where a pastor they invited told supporters gays are “worthy of death,” in Spanish. NOM refused to officially issue a statement denouncing it.

Today, NOM announced they are endorsing for President a Republican who also stood on the same stage as a pastor who says gay people are “worthy of death” and refused to denounce it.

Last month, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) spoke at the National Religious Liberties Conference, created and hosted by Pastor Kevin Swanson. Swanson “has frequently claimed that the government should put gay people to death,” as Right Wing Watch has documented.

Pastor Swanson, true to form, on the very same stage that Cruz – along with Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal – spoke, called for the death of gay people.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, in a blistering report calling it “a Republican presidential candidates event,” noted a “significant portion” of what was talked about at the conference “was the exact contours, the exact language of what they believe is a biblical commandment that gay people in the United States should be rounded up and executed.”

“It really was a ‘kill the gays’ call to arms,” Maddow decried. “This was a conference about the necessity of the death penalty as a punishment for homosexuality.”

Clearly, participating in a “conference about the necessity of the death penalty as a punishment for homosexuality” is not a disqualifying act for an endorsement from NOM.

“Sen. Ted Cruz is a proven champion for marriage and religious freedom and someone we can absolutely count on to fight to restore marriage to our nation’s laws and defend the religious liberty of the tens of millions of Americans who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman,” NOM president Brian Brown said in a statement today. 

“Sen. Cruz has not only signed NOM’s presidential marriage pledge committing to take specific actions as president, but he has personally authored the pending federal marriage amendment to restore the right of states to define marriage as one man/one woman. Moreover, he has spoken out consistently and forcefully on the campaign trail as an advocate of true marriage. We are pleased to endorse him and will do everything in our power to support his election.”

Today, in a separate, fundraising statement, NOM requested supporters send money because “we are doing God’s work.”

Last month, Sen. Cruz, just days before the Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting, touted the endorsement of an anti-abortion activist who argues that the murder of doctors who perform abortions should be justifiable homicide. And yesterday, rather than denounce Donald Trump‘s call for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S., Sen Cruz announced, “I commend Donald Trump.”

 

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On Tuesday, following Senate Republicans’ lockstep vote to block debate on voting rights, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) gave a thunderous speech comparing Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to the southern segregationists who fought the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

“Republican state legislatures across the country are engaged in the most sweeping voter suppression in 80 years,” said Schumer. “Capitalizing on and catalogued by Donald Trump’s big lie. These state governments are making it harder for younger, poorer, urban and non-white Americans to vote. Earlier today, the Republican leader told reporters that, quote, ‘Regardless of what may be happening in some states, there is no rationale for federal intervention.’ The Republican leader flatly stated that no matter what the states do to undermine our democracy — voter suppression laws, phony audits, partisan takeovers of local election boards — the Senate should not act.”

“The Republican leader uses the language and the logic of the southern senators in the ’60s who defended states rights, and it is an indefensible position for any senator, any senator, let alone the minority leader to hold,” said Schumer. “When John Lewis was about to cross that bridge in Selma, he didn’t know what waited for him on the other side. He didn’t know how long his march would be. And his ultimate success was never guaranteed. But he started down that bridge anyway. Today Democrats started our march to defend the voting rights of all Americans. It could be a long march, but it is one we are going to make.”

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has just told Democrats she will create a special Select committee to investigate Donald Trump’s violent January 6 insurrection, a deadly attempted coup.

The House voted to approve a bipartisan committee but Senate Republicans killed that bill.

Pelosi made the announcement as Senate Republicans killed debate on the voting rights bill.

 

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Republicans Tuesday evening killed debate on the For the People Act, a key component of Democrats’ agenda to protect democracy, expand and strengthen voting rights, and reduce the influence of dark money in elections. As Senators were voting on the motion to begin debate on the bill, news broke that the GOP Whip, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota had announced another critical piece of Democratic legislation, the infrastructure bill, was even further in doubt.

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Democratic Majority Leader Schumer immediately denounced Republicans’ “blockade.”

Sen. Thune also said Republicans would oppose a slimmed down version of a voting rights bill:

60 votes were required to begin debate on the voting rights bill. The motion failed in a 50-50  vote. As voting was taking place GOP Minority Leader Mitch mcConnell could be seen huddling with other top Republican Senators including John Cornyn of Texas and John Kennedy of Louisiana.

The only option to pass the bill now would be for a simple majority of Senators agree to kill the 60-vote filibuster. Some are supporting a modification to 55 votes. Democratic Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona had steadfastly refused to support killing the filibuster.

“This is a dark day in this country,” Al Sharpton said on MSNBC.

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