Lead Plaintiff in Supreme Court Marriage Case Slams Anti-LGBTQ ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill During Testimony Before Congressional Committee
Jim Obergefell won yet another battle in the war for LGBT equality Tuesday morning when he testified before the powerful House Oversight Committee against a bill that would strip LGBT people, especially same-sex couples, of their civil rights under the guise of protecting religious liberty.
As the lead plaintiff in the 2015 Supreme Court case that found the Constitution does provide the right to marriage to same-sex couples, Obergefell has spent the past year advocating for equality across the nation. Testifying before a Republican-orchestrated hearing on the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), one of the most sweeping and anti-gay bills filed in Congress in years, he spoke simple yet robust truth to power.
“Earlier in this hearing it was stated that the purpose of the First Amendment Defense Act is to ensure no one is discriminated againstÂ because of how they view marriage,” Obergefell told the Committee. “I would like you to read the bill again and understand that is exactly what the bill does. It allows discrimination against me and couples like me and John across this country Â who believe in marriage equality, who beleive in our constitutional right to marry the person we love.”
“I believe that the United States Congress must be better than this,” he implored.Â
“Religious libertyÂ is a core American value,” Obergefell also told the Committee. “Everyone in this country is free to believe â€“Â or not â€“Â and to live out their faith as they see fit, provided that they do not do so in a way that harms other people. As I see it, this legislation turns this value on its head by permitting discrimination and harm under the guise of religious liberty.”
Watch his powerful and eloquent statement:
Simply put, the First Amendment Defense Act is a license to discriminate designed for people of faith who want special rights. It would allow them to bypass existingÂ laws and discriminate against same-sex couples and even single parents, merely by claiming they believe marriageÂ is reserved for different-sex couples and sex must happen only within the bounds of such a marriage.Â
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Watch: ‘Alleged Quack’ and New Jersey Resident Dr. Oz Announces ‘America First’ Run for US Senate for Pennsylvania
Dr. Mehmet Oz, the hydroxychloroquine-pushing TV doctor widely known for promoting pseudoscience and fake treatments has decided to use his expertise to run for the U.S. Senate as a Republican, and if not fully-embrace Donald Trump, certainly align himself with the disgraced former president.
In an op-ed exclusive to the right wing national website the Washington Examiner and in just-released video (below), Oz announces his run, citing the nation’s response to COVID and its ramifications as a primary factor for entering politics. It’s unclear why he did not announce via a Pennsylvania publication.
“We are angry at our government and at each other,” his op-ed begins. “We have not managed our crises as effectively as past generations. During the pandemic, I learned that when you mix politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions. That’s why I am running for the U.S. Senate: to help fix the problems and to help us heal.”
Like more and more Republicans entering the political landscape, Oz has precisely zero experience in government, but that once-presumed prerequisite is no longer in vogue.
“Oz — a longtime New Jersey resident — would enter a Republican field that is resetting with an influx of candidates and a new opportunity to appeal to voters loyal to former President Donald Trump, now that the candidate endorsed by Trump has just exited the race,” The Associated Press reports. “Oz may have to explain why he isn’t running for office in New Jersey, where he has lived for the past two decades before he began voting in Pennsylvania’s elections this year by absentee ballot, registered to his in-laws’ address in suburban Philadelphia.”
The “celebrity heart surgeon,” the AP adds, “has been dogged by accusations that he is a charlatan selling “quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain,” a group of doctors wrote in 2015 in a letter calling for his firing from Columbia University’s medical school. He wasn’t fired.”
The Daily Beast at the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year labeled Oz and “alleged quack” and asked why he was chosen as the face of NBC’s “Coronavirus Crisis Team.”
That’s far from the only attack on Oz’s credibility as a medical professional.
“Oz began making regular appearances on Fox News after the start of the pandemic, and in the spring of 2020 came under fire for comments suggesting that reopening schools might be worth the extra deaths, because it ‘may only cost us 2% to 3% in terms of total mortality,'” the AP notes. “Researchers from the University of Alberta found in 2014 that, of 80 randomly selected recommendations from Oz’s shows, often dietary advice, roughly half was unsupported by evidence, or contradicted by it.”
Watch Oz’s statement released minutes ago, which includes Trump rhetoric like “America first.”
I’m running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania because America needs a Conservative Republican to cure what’s wrong with Washington. I’m a world-class surgeon, fighter, and health care advocate stepping forward to cure our country’s ills. Watch my announcement video now! pic.twitter.com/yLhKsZm9sl
— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) November 30, 2021
Third Video Exposes Lauren Boebert Again Falsely Suggesting Ilhan Omar Is a Terrorist
U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert in yet another video has been captured falsely suggesting Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is a terrorist. It is the third video to date – including one she released Monday – in which the Republican pro-gun activist from Colorado disparages Omar as a terrorist or terrorist sympathizer.
“Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado suggested to a crowd in September that Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, whom she called ‘black-hearted’ and ‘evil,’ was a terrorist,” CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski reports. “It’s another instance in which Boebert suggested Omar, who is Muslim and wears a hijab, was a terrorist.”
This newly-found video, CNN explains, was “made in New York at a September Staten Island Conservative Party dinner,” and “posted on Facebook that month by an attendee running for borough president.”
NEW: Another video shows Lauren Boebert suggesting Ilhan Omar was a terrorist at an event in September.
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) November 30, 2021
Like the first video, Boebert delivers her attack on her Democratic colleague as if she were in a nightclub doing standup, mocking Omar for her religion.
“One of my staffers, on his first day with me, got into an elevator, in the Capitol. And in that elevator, we were joined by Ilhan Omar,” Boebert tells a seated crowd, at least one of whom can be heard saying, “Oh God” as she mentioned the Democratic Congresswoman’s name. Other attendees laugh. Behind her a woman can be seen laughing, as if she has heard the story before.
“It was just us three in there and I looked over and I said, ‘well, lookey there, it’s the Jihad Squad.'”
“She doesn’t have a backpack, she wasn’t dropping it and running so we’re good.”
In a different version Boebert changed the details, claiming a Capitol Police officer rushed to the elevator out of concern for Boebert being on an elevator with Omar, presumably because of her attire and religion.
And yet, in video she released Monday, Boebert, calling herself a “strong Christian woman,” says she would “never want anything I say to offend someone’s religion.”
During Monday’s video Boebert told supporters, “Make no mistake, I will continue to fearlessly put America first, never sympathizing with terrorists. Unfortunately, Ilhan can’t say the same thing.”
‘Textbook MAGA Projection’: McEnany Mocked for False Claim ‘No One Has Politicized’ Coronavirus More Than Biden
Former Trump White House and campaign spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany is being mocked after ignoring how her former boss politicized the coronavirus pandemic from the very start, and falsely claiming President Joe Biden has been politicizing COVID — even more than his predecessor.
“At the end of the day, no one has politicized this virus more than President Joe Biden,” McEnany, now a Fox News contributor, falsely claimed. “You have the mask wearing incident there. You have Kamala saying on the campaign trail, ‘If Donald Trump tells me to take the vaccine, I won’t take it.’ You had Biden mimicking that rhetoric, then they get into office. ‘Yay, take the vaccine.’ That should have been the message back on the campaign trail, as well on travel restrictions. ‘You know, Trump’s xenophobic for this,’ and now all of a sudden travel restrictions work. Are you sensing a pattern here? Because you should, it is politicization of this virus on the campaign trail. They dismissed the policies, they issued the policies they are now putting in place, they were always effective. And where’s the consistency rather than outright politicization?”
Kayleigh McEnany says “no one has politicized this virus more than President Joe Biden.” pic.twitter.com/c3IOknoGCw
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) November 30, 2021
She was roundly mocked, even by noted political scientist Norm Orenstein:
Every word out of her mouth, including a and the, is a lie.
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) November 30, 2021
And many others:
President Biden has spent most of his presidency attempting to undo the damage caused to the U.S. because of the denial, disregard, and utter incompetence of the Trump Administration — including the LIES McEnany spewed from the podium. TRUMP “politicized” Covid more than anyone!
— Chicago Tim (@iTebowCHI) November 29, 2021
Kayleigh McEnany said “no one has politicized this virus more than Biden.” Trump called the virus a hoax, then it killed 750k. Trump said hospitals were falsifying covid data, then he checked into a hospital when he got Covid. The blonde nazi is doing what she does best. Lying.
— Uncovering The Truth (@UncvrngTheTruth) November 29, 2021
I don’t know… Trump rejecting the warnings of medical experts and downplaying the coronavirus threat to minimize its impact on his re-election, resulting in a mass casualty event, seems pretty politicized to me.
— pwithm11 (@pwtham11) November 30, 2021
Couldn’t be more textbook MAGA projection.
— D. Z. (@dwziegler) November 30, 2021
Translation: No one has worked daily to combat the impact of COVID more than Joe Biden.
— Tough Crowd (@ToughRoom) November 30, 2021
And she wears a cross while saying it . . . if there is a God, how does she do this without bursting into flames? 🔥
— Garbageman (@garbageman01) November 30, 2021
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