Tag: marriage equality

Bigots in Utah just can’t catch a break

Now the tenth circuit appellate court has denied a stay on appeal. I wonder when we’re going to hear the next temper tantrum from Brian Brown?

Of course the State aka the Bigots want this considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Sonya Sotomayor handles these things for the tenth district and has the option to decide the stay herself, or to refer it to en bank.

Now knowing about Justice Sotomayor – I strongly suspect she will decided the stay herself and probably deny the stay. She’s from New York, the actual city. And I’ve seen her speeches etc. and she doesn’t strike me as a conservative justice at all.

So the bigots – I  predict that not only will they be denied a stay at the highest court – but that they will lose at the appellate level. And if the Supreme Court decides to hear the case – they likely will lose there too.

This is what terrifies the Religious Bigots

Go read this – where students at a Catholic school in Washington State walked out to protest the firing of vice principal that was gay and married to a man.

But as I read the article it hit me – this is what terrifies the religious bigots. Their arguments against the LGBT community, against marriage equality has only now begun failing to move people. It’s because it’s the same message ad infinitum, over and over again. We all know the verses in Leviticus, Romans etc. There’s been no movement in the message from the Catholic Church for years. Of course they still have what I call their little credibility problem, what with protecting priests who abused kids and then lying about it. That’s not good.

But I find it interesting that the Catholic church can cherry pick the way it has. I mean they cherry pick on slavery, polygamy, and a host of other things one will find in the biblical texts. Why can’t they pass on the whole LGBT thing. I recall something said to me in my youth, it’s rather coarse but you attract more flies with honey than you do with vinegar. The Catholic Church hierarchy could learn something from that.

So I’m delighted to see the kids at the Eastside Catholic School walking the walk. I would imagine the Bishop in Seattle must have his undergarments in a bunch over this. Good! I’m all for a good routing of the soul in their case. Their dogmatic evangelism didn’t work. And trying to repeal John XXIII’s Vatican II reforms will cost them dearly.

 

 

New Mexico Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality

This is another remarkable day – before the year is even out the Supreme Court in New Mexico has now said the state has no valid reason to deny same sex couples the rights and benefits of marriage.

The year 2013 has been incredible. Here in RI we got marriage equality through the legislature. That surprised the hell out of me. Plus Delaware went, and I believe this puts us up to 17 states now. That’s 34% of the U.S. that now enjoys full marriage equality.

Porno Petey All Alone

I love this picture. While the rest were inside witnessing the signature of the Illinois Marriage Equality Bill there was One lone bigot – who is left behind.

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It’s like the last guy to realize the war is over, the castaway who’s been on an island for fifty years.

The message falls flat. Because:

 

Yet another remarkable week in the fight for Marriage Equality

So this week saw legislators in Illinois and Hawaii finally do the right thing and approve marriage equality in those states. That brings the number of states to 16 and 32% of the states. Population wise it bring a huge swath into the fold.

For example the entire Northeastern U.S. which includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut as well as New York and New Jersey.

Then there’s California, Washington State and more that I’ve probably missed. But the thing is a majority of them are high population. Just New England, New York and New Jersey comprise 42 million people. And if we go with the assumption made by the bigots that we’re only 2% of the population that means there are 847,600 gay and lesbian people in those states. However I’d say it’s close to 5% so 2,100,000 of us.

As I have said before, we have no passed the tipping point where equality will be the law of the entire land sooner than later. Whether by legislative action  or in states where no legislative relief is possible, through the judiciary.

Take for example North Carolina. They have  a Constitutional ban on same marriage equality. But those bans rarely stand the test of the judiciary. And I recall seeing videos of gay couples going into clerks offices in North Carolina  to obtain a marriage license and being rebuffed. Now think about this for a moment, why would these couples be doing this if it weren’t documentation for a challenge to the amendment? Granted the video has more value than a court case – but it is still a central component of a legal challenge.

 

 

And Marriage Equality inches forward in the U.S. again

With a lawsuit in Virginia finally being joined by the team at AFER with the star attorneys Olson and Boies to challenge their ban on same sex marriage. And now I hear there’s even a suit in West Virginia to overturn their ban is ongoing too.

It’s a piecemeal approach. But eventually here’s how I see it playing out.

First let me state that the judicial process – the arguments presented by the anti-equality crowd have NO basis at all in reality. They’re all predicated upon a religious argument which don’t play well in the judiciary circles. Put it this way, every marriage case brought before the courts in recent memory, the bigots have lost and we have won.

So I give Virginia and West Virginia a  high probability of overturning the bans and instituted equality.

And if they go I suspect North Carolina and even Kentucky might go right after that.

We’re now at a tipping point when you consider that almost the entirety of the west coast, the northeast U.S., New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland – it’s moving down the eastern seaboard at quite a rapid clip.

Meanwhile in Rhode Island – Marriage Equalty two weeks now

And we’ve heard from Father Brian Sistare, he’s a pastor at a church in Woonsocket who wrote a letter to the legislators who voted for marriage equality that in essence says he’s going to try to unseat them come next election cycle. Good luck with all that.

And then we have Tea Bagger Nut Rep. Doreen Costa who allegedly met with RI Bishop Thomas Tobin and is said to have told him she’s going to lean on everyone who voted for marriage equality too. Again, good luck with that.

So there are some real bigots in the state. I’ve known that for some time. But they lost, their tired arguments just couldn’t be sustained and they knew it too.

The nuptials are planned for late September of next year in Casa Truthspew. Want to slam some money together for a shindig!

 

And RI now has marriage equality

I suppose we should set a date. Once I’ve got a little more cash coming in I can do that.

But two things that made me laugh were:

1) One Ronald L’Heureux of North Providence, RI tried to block the enactment of the law in court yesterday. The just rightfully threw his sorry ass out of the court. I did read that the bigot represented himself. That’s rich!

2) Westboro Baptist church got a nice warm bronx cheer in RI today. They camped out at Providence City Hall, Cranston City Hall and the State House. You know I’d love to know where they get the money to flit all over the U.S. They’re coming from Westboro, Kansas which is 1,437 miles from Providence. In a couple of vans which probably get 15mpg so that means $766.40 in gas, probably $100 in tolls for both ways. And it looks like they have about 15 people – so let’s say they have to buy food along the way because it’s a 22 hour drive. So add 15 folks times 4 meals each at an average of $15 and you add $900. So we’re at $1,666.40 and add ancillary needs and you’re up around $2,000.

Bigotry is expensive.

My thoughts on the Prop 8 and DOMA rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court

At first brush I consider they took a punt on the Prop 8l case. But in their dismissal of standing one thing that is obvious to me is that the bigots can no longer claim standing in states where voter initiative was used to write discriminatory laws. Precedence so to speak is present in there.

In the states that have Constitutional amendments I expect to see a number of federal lawsuits against sitting governors, legislators and the like and when they fail to defend the discriminatory law we win by default since the bigots can no longer claim any harm and therefore no standing in a federal case.

Here’s the Prop 8 decision:

Now on DOMA – I was pretty sure the court would affirm that it is unconstitutional. That they did it under the fifth amendment is interesting.

In case you’re not familiar, here’s the text of the 5th with the relevant element in bold.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

 

Here’s the DOMA Decison:

 

Life, liberty and property. Does that ring a bell for anyone or did you forget about the Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) dolts.

I find that very interesting that the court chose to go this route. It was in my opinion the easy way out. But it’s effective since it demolishes section 3 of the DOMA law, and therefore most of the DOMA law by default. It is a serious offense to deny a citizen of the U.S. rights to life, liberty or property. It’s an idea that extends from the foundational document of the United States, the Declaration of Independence itself.

But in the end summation what the Supreme Court did was to setup thirty-seven  little legal challenges to discriminatory laws and amendments that will resonate onward for a few years.

And of course the bigots at NOM are going a little crazy. It’s because they know this is the end of the line for them. They’ve tried the legislative route and by and large been successful at hoodwinking the public some 31 times. But that tide has turned. They’re on the ropes.

So congratulations to California – marry at will. And to the rest of us we can now marry the person of our choosing in New York,  Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Minnesota, Iowa,  Delaware, D.C., Maryland, and Washington and have it RECOGNIZED under some eleven hundred Federal law;. Things like inheritance taxes, survivor death benefits, and a whole host of tax benefits.

And France makes 14 countries with marriage equality

The bigots must really be smarting right now. The current tally for equality including France is now at 14 countries, 12 states and the District of Columbia.

But I looked it up, here’s the list of countries:

And the states:

  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island
  • Maine
  • Vermont
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Maryland
  • Delaware
  • Minnesota
  • Iowa
  • Washington State
  • D.C.

It really is the juggernaut now. Granted there are still areas of the world where extreme Christianity or Islam will never embrace it, or at least not in my lifetime. But the civilized world will.