Some good things have finally been handed down by SCOTUS. Earlier this week, heinously gutted the Voter’s Rights Act of 1965, essentially allowing states the opportunity to reinstall Jim Crow type voting restrictions. Today’s decisions effectively wiped out DOMA, as well as California’s Prop 8.
I’m no legal expert by any means, but my understanding of the decisions is this: A key part of DOMA which did not allow federal benefits and protections to legally married same sex couples was ruled as discriminatory, and therefore unconstitutional. What this means is that any same sex couple married in a state that recognizes same sex marriages, are now entitled to any federal benefits and protections afforded to married straight couples. On a federal level, defense of marriage is officially dead.
In the case of Prop 8, SCOTUS kind of, sort of, not really handed down a decision. They didn’t actually rule on the legality of Prop 8, they merely ruled that the circuit court’s earlier strike down of Prop 8 could not be challenged due to a jurisdictional technicality. They shut the door on Prop 8, but left a window open for other states to introduce Prop 8 type legislation.
In essence, SCOTUS delivered this message today: If you’re legally married, you’re federally protected. However, the Supreme Court as of now, will leave marriage equality to the states, as well as the lower courts and not intervene.
While it may not be a complete victory for marriage equality, it’s still a huge win, and an immense step in the right direction.
- United States Supreme Court Decides Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Case and Prop. 8 Case – SCOTUS Takes Step Towards Acknowledging that Equal Protection Under the Law is Closer than Ever to Being a Reality for all Citizens (whitelawpllc.wordpress.com)
- Prop 8 and DOMA Ruling (westcoastatheist.wordpress.com)
- Equality For All. Down with DOMA and Prop 8 (videosocialblog.wordpress.com)
First, there was an apology. Then came this announcement. After nearly 40 years of targeting the LGBT community with bigotry and abuse, Exodus International seems to have had a change of heart. The conservative Christian based organization is best known for their “pray the gay away” reprogramming of gays and lesbians. Now, according to Exodus president Alan Chambers, they are disbanding and rebranding.
So why after 37 years of hatred has there been a change of heart? Chambers had this to say on their blog:
” Exodus is an institution in the conservative Christian world, but we’ve ceased to be a living breathing organism.” ” For quite some time we’ve been imprisoned in a world view that’s neither honoring our fellow human beings, nor biblical.”
Does that sound like a change of heart to you? It sounds like a change of heart to me. The times, they are a changing, and I couldn’t be happier
However, the fight for acceptance goes on: There are many, many, so many more hate based Christian groups out there. I’m sure wing nuts such as Fred Phelps and his Westboro cronies are absolutely seething over this betrayal. Exodus has long been the keystone in the arch of Christian based LGBT bigotry. But hey, it’s progress am I right? It represents a monumental shift in American Christian thinking, and I must say I’m impressed.
Now, about that marriage equality issue, can we please get that resolved?
Speaking of Westboro, they’re about to taste the rainbow. The Equality House, which is right across the street from Westboro, is holding a wedding in full view of the whackadoodle compound. I realllly wish my partner and I could be there! Alas, Mr and Mrs Hat are not on the guest list I wonder if Fred and Margie Phelps were invited?
- Exodus (whittierstrong.wordpress.com)
- Central Pa. church to continue “gay therapy” despite Exodus International shutdown (fox43.com)
- Ex-Gay Ministry Exodus International Will Shut Down (patheos.com)
No one is coming to take your guns – please, shut the fuck up.
You don’t need an assault gun with a grenade launcher to hunt deer or protect your home – please, shut the fuck up.
The Muslims and atheists are not coming to blow up your churches or rob you of your religion- please, shut the fuck up.
Gays and lesbians getting married do not rob you of your rights, nor do they violate the sanctity of marriage- please, pretty please with whipped cream and a cherry on top, shut the fuck up.
Obama is not a socialist, nor is he coming to take your big screen TV to give to a poor person. Corporate profits have soared under Obama- please, shut the fuck up.
Climate change is real, and this planet is in grave danger of dying – please, shut the fuck up: your blustering over cyclical temps is greatly contributing to our carbon foot print.
Obama is not out to steal your liberties: He’s too busy killing innocent people of color in third world countries with his killer robot planes – please, shut the fuck up.
Reagan and Bush spent way more, and contributed more to the deficit than Obama – please, shut the fuck up.
Supply side economics doesn’t work – please, shut the fuck up.
Women deserve to have control over their own bodies – please, take your patriarchal, misogynistic views, and shut that whole fucking thing down.
Getting more people to work is more important than austerity: More workers equals more taxpayers and consumers, which equals more revenue – Mitch please, shut the fuck up.
God is indeed in our schools: if a student so desires to bring god with him or her to school, she or he has every right to do so – can I get a please shut the fuck up?
Most people don’t want “gifts” from our government. What they want is a chance for a good education, a good job, and a good life – please, help yourself to a Mitt Romney sized cup of shut the fuck up.
Liberals are not some communist horde looking to tear down America. We simply want to level the playing field in order to make sure that everyone has a chance to work hard, and build America up – please, right wing pundits, shut the fuck up.
If I left any wing nuts out, don’t worry I’ll get to you – in the mean time have a seat in yonder corner, and SHUT THE FUCK UP!
- Right Now Lyrics By Korn (lyricsjunction.wordpress.com)
- Portable (zozomacallister.wordpress.com)
- What We Have Done (angelschoice.wordpress.com)
- Random Thoughts – Perspective AKA I Might Not Really F*ck With You (breonajai.wordpress.com)
- Mothers who say F**ck (noplaceforsheep.com)
While accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement, Jodie Foster came out of the closet. Although she didn’t come flying out with a rainbow banner, she certainly, albeit quietly opened it for everyone to peek into. In other words, it was a classic Jodie Foster moment: It was very public, and yet somehow very private. It was awesome.
Foster’s sexuality has been a topic of conversation for years. Many have accused her of living in a glass closet. While she has never, admitted to actually being queer, she hasn’t exactly hidden it either. Think about it: she was co-parenting two children with another woman, a woman that she was with for 20 years. Isn’t that admission enough? She has lived her life out in the open with no denial of her orientation,why would she have to broadcast her orientation to everyone? There’s no rule book to coming out, nor should there be! In fact why is there even a need to broadcast? Foster owes no one an explanation, or anything else for that matter.
The only person that Jodie Foster owes anything to is herself. She owes it to herself to live life on her terms, we all owe that to ourselves. She’s a private person, she’s happy with that, and I say good for her.
Tell us or don’t tell us, I don’t care, and neither should anyone else. Her orientation is part of who she is ,and who she chooses to share it with is really nobody’s business. She’s one of my favorite actresses, and she seems to be a wonderful person.
That’s good enough for me.
I really can’t add anything to this meme. It conveys what many of us have been thinking and saying for years. Of course, if your an athiest like me, you understand that we need only to look in a mirror to pass any type of judgement.
tip of the tin foil hat to Being Liberal for sharing.
Wow, what an emotional roller coaster of a night it was. I’m still having trouble gathering my thoughts. With so many “swing” states so hotly contested last night, both my partner and I collectively held our breaths for hours. It wasn’t until the west brought Obama close that I started to mildly relax: It wasn’t until Ohio was called shortly after 11, that I could even think about going to bed. I even got up in the middle of the night to double check the results. It was that kind of night for my partner and I.
However in the midst of all the fretting and fussing, the teeth gnashing, the hand wringing, the nail biting, I noticed, as did many of you, that we the people were delivering a succinct message: The hate has to stop, that extremism is not appropriate, that intolerance is not to be tolerated. Take a look at what transpired last night, then try to tell me I’m wrong:
Amidst the conservative anti-feminist movement, 19 female senators were elected, which is the most ever. There were some very notable, hard fought campaigns:
- In Missouri, Claire McCaskill shut that whole thing down by trouncing Todd Akin.
- In Wisconsin, Tammy Baldwin beat career politician Tommy Thompson, and became this country’s first openly gay Senator.
- In Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren beat corporate favorite Scott Brown.
In a lot of congressional and senate races, progressives won out over big money, including:
The Tea Party was also on the ropes:
-Allen West lost his congressional seat in Florida.
-Michele Bachman nearly lost hers.
- In heavily Republican Indiana, Joe Donnelly beat right wing nut Richard Mourdock.
Marriage equality received a big boost. Maine, Maryland, and Washington all voted to legalize same sex marriage, while an anti-marriage equality amendment in Minnesota was voted down. Overall, this election has been a boon for not only women, but also for LGBT Americans.
In the west both Washington and Colorado voted to legalize Marijuana, giving new meaning to Rocky Mountain high. It’s about time that people start realizing that Marijuana is a good thing, and not the falsely accused gateway drug that alcohol and tobacco fat cats make it out to be.
But what about Obama? What kind of mandate did his election deliver last night? Although the electoral vote was a landslide (303 to 206, with Florida still undecided), he won the popular vote by less than 3 million. That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement. I saw a lot of red states for Willard last night. Fortunately, they weren’t heavily populated states. So what happened?
For starters, I think social issues played a bigger role than what the GOP was planning on. The Republican party has lost touch with the country in this aspect. They alienated half of this country with patriarchal, elitist hate rhetoric, and most of us are just tired of it. They went after the rich white Christian vote, and motivated millions of people in most every densely populated area to come out and wait hours in line… to vote against them. This election was more about fighting class warfare and conservative extremism than following Obama’s plan. Picking an old rich white guy to represent the GOP to deliver their message of extreme christian values and austerity was a huge mistake, and in the long run, it has and will cost the Republicans dearly.
In my opinion, our country is heading in the right direction (for now) both socially and economically. However we have a long way to go. Unemployment is still way too high, the cost of living is still outpacing wage growth. DOMA must be repealed, while marriage equality must be nationally recognized. There is more work to be done to level the playing field for Women, LGBT Americans, African Americans, Latinos, immigrants, both the poor and the middle class, and the elderly. Obama and the Democrats can get us there, and a lot of people cried out last night that this is what they want. He must listen to that message, he must act on our demands. In turn, the GOP must listen to our message as well, and react in kind. We expect and demand that the parties work together. It could be a pipe dream, but I don’t believe that in Obama’s America, that the dream is unrealistic.
To wrap it up, I want to say how proud I am of everyone who stood in line for hours to vote, however you voted. It means that each and every one of us understands how important it is to this country to do our civil duty, and cast our ballots. I also want to give mad props to the volunteers who manned the precincts: it was a long night for all of you, and you did your country proud.
Like most of us, I’m exhausted, yet I’m exhilarated at the prospects. Today, I’m proud to be called an American.
What a refreshing change.
One more thing: Donald Trump, you are an insufferable prick. Take your hate rhetoric spewing, paranoid delusional baggy white ass, and crawl under some gilded rock somewhere. You’re bad for this country, you’re bad for America. You’re bad for humanity. Shut the fuck up, just saying.
I strongly agree with Tony Wright: In my opinion, voting for Willard Romney for his “fiscal conservatism” makes one complicit with the extremist GOP beliefs that it’s morally acceptable to deny rights to LGBT Americans. A vote for Romney means that you agree that woman should be kept in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant. It means that patriarchy is fine by you, and that woman have no business deciding what’s right for their bodies. A vote for Willard says that you have no respect for minorities, the poor, or the elderly.
Voting for Romney tells me that you want theocracy, that freedom of religion is only available to Christians. A vote for Romney screams to me that one nation under Koch is your core value. A vote for Romney says to me that you like trickle down economics, which only serves to flood Caymen Island bank accounts. The trickle down to the rest of us is actually corporate fat cats pissing on our heads.
Teachers and police and firefighters are parasites, sucking the life out of our country’s bottom line. A vote for the GOP means that bullying is perfectly acceptable, as long as it’s you that’s not getting bullied.
Personally, when I vote, morality means more to me than money. When I vote tomorrow, I know that I will be able to look myself in the mirror, and be happy with the choices I made at the polls- will you be able to say the same thing?
Which is it? Money or Morality? You can’t have both with Mitt Romney: chances are that unless you are a rich white man, who’s straight and Christian, the GOP isn’t helping you with either.
You have to love Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe: He has no qualms about speaking his mind on any subject, and this letter is in response to Maryland delegate Emmett Burns. If you hadn’t heard yet, Burns wrote a letter to Raven’s owner Steve Bisciotti asking him to “inhibit such expressions from your employee”, after the Raven’s Brendon Ayanbadejo publicly expressed his support the the Maryland ballot initiative to legalize same sex marriage.
Without further adieu, I share with you Chris Kluwe’s open letter to Emmett Burns:
Dear Emmett C. Burns, Jr.,
I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of the United States government. Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level. The views you espouse neglect to consider several fundamental key points, which I will outline in great detail:
1. As I suspect you have not read the Constitution, I would like to remind you that the very first amendment in this founding document deals with the freedom of speech, particularly the abridgment of said freedom. By using your position as an elected official (when referring to your constituents in order to implicitly threaten the Ravens organization) to argue that the Ravens should silence Brendon Ayanbadejo from voicing his support for same-sex marriage, not only are you clearly violating the First Amendment, but you come across as a narcissistic fromunda stain. What on Earth would possess you to say something so mind-boggingly stupid? It baffles me that a man such as yourself, a man who relies on that same First Amendment to pursue your own religious studies without fear of persecution from the state, could somehow justify stifling another person’s right to free speech. To call that “hypocritical” would be to do a disservice to the word. “Mindfuckingly, obscenely hypocritical” starts to approach it a little bit.
2. You wrote, “Many of your fans are opposed to such a view and feel it has no place in a sport that is strictly for pride, entertainment and excitement.” Holy fucking shitballs. Did you seriously just say that, as someone who is, according to your Wikipedia page, “deeply involved in government task forces on the legacy of slavery in Maryland”? Have you not heard of Kenny Washington? Jackie Robinson? As recently as 1962 the NFL still had segregation, which was only done away with by brave athletes and coaches daring to speak their mind and do the right thing, and you’re going to say that political views have “no place in a sport”? I can’t even begin to fathom the cognitive dissonance that must be coursing through your rapidly addled mind right now; the mental gymnastics your brain has to tortuously contort itself through to make such a preposterous statement are surely worthy of an Olympic gold medal (the Russian judge gives you a 10 for “beautiful oppressionism”).
3. This is more a personal quibble of mine, but why do you hate freedom? Why do you hate the fact that other people want a chance to live their lives and be happy, even though they may believe in something different from what you believe, or act differently from you? How does gay marriage affect your life in any way, shape, or form? Are you worried that if gay marriage became legal, all of a sudden you’d start thinking about penis? (“Oh shit. Gay marriage just passed. Gotta get me some of that hot dong action!”) Will all your friends suddenly turn gay and refuse to come to your Sunday Ticket grill-outs? (Unlikely. Gay people enjoy watching football, too.)
I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life. They won’t come into your house and steal your children. They won’t magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster. They won’t even overthrow the government in an orgy of hedonistic debauchery because all of a sudden they have the same legal rights as the other 90 percent of our population, rights like Social Security benefits, childcare tax credits, family and medical leave to take care of loved ones, and COBRA health care for spouses and children. You know what having these rights will make gay Americans? Full-fledged citizens, just like everyone else, with the freedom to pursue happiness and all that that entails. Do the civil-rights struggles of the past 200 years mean absolutely nothing to you?
In closing, I would like to say that I hope this letter in some small way causes you to reflect upon the magnitude of the colossal foot-in-mouth clusterfuck you so brazenly unleashed on a man whose only crime was speaking out for something he believed in. Best of luck in the next election; I’m fairly certain you might need it.
P.S. I’ve also been vocal as hell about the issue of gay marriage, so you can take your “I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing” and shove it in your closed-minded, totally-lacking-in-empathy pie hole.
The sad part is that there probably is some wack job right wing fundamentalist railing against homosexuals for provoking god to hit us with yet another natural disaster. Climate change had nothing to do with it. Yeesh.