Saturday, May 31, 2014
My favorite Whitman quote:
"Either define the moment or the moment will define you!"
Apt words considering our times.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, a Republican, argues in court documents that recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples would “impose significant public harm.”
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is representing eight couples in a consolidated federal lawsuit challenging the state's ban on recognizing the out-of-state marriages of gay couples.
Lawmakers approved a law limiting marriage to heterosexual couples nearly two decades ago. Voters in 2008 approved a constitutional amendment reinforcing the ban.
In asking the court to throw out the lawsuit, Bondi's office also argues that the state's ban has “a close, direct, and rational relationship to society's legitimate interest in increasing the likelihood that children will be born to and raised by the mothers and fathers who produced them in stable and enduring family units.”
Equality Florida, the state's largest LGBT rights advocate, called on Bondi to “reconsider this stand in this defining moment.”
“A defense of the indefensible only squanders our state's resources and delays justice for hundreds of thousands of Florida families,” the group said.
Six cases challenging Florida's marriage ban have been filed in state and federal courts since January. Two – Breener et al v. Scott et al and Grimsley and Albu v. Scott – were consolidated.
Ms. Bondi would know a lot about the sanctity of marriage, she's done it 3 times.
Just another case of a faux Christian trying to take the focus off their own iniquities and using the gay community as a scapegoat for their inability to have long term committed relationships. (wonder how having three daddies is working out for her children?)
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, who opposes gay marriage, has predicted nationwide victory for supporters of marriage equality.
Hatch, a Republican and a member of the Mormon Church, created a firestorm of criticism in 2010 when he called on Republicans to emulate the tactics of gay rights activists in supporting Democratic candidates.
“Gays and lesbians don't pay tithing, their religion is politics,” Hatch said.
Last year, the 80-year-old Hatch said if the Supreme Court rules in favor of allowing gay couples to marry, “it opens a plethora of problems that the court will be forever trying to decide.”
Still, he has endorsed civil unions for gay couples.
Civil unions “could solve this problem without undermining the very basis of marital law in our country.”
On Wednesday, Hatch said the writing was on the wall.
“Let's face it, anybody who does not believe that gay marriage is going to be the law of the land just hasn't been observing what's going on,” Hatch said during an appearance on KSL Radio's Doug Wright Show. “There is a question whether [the courts] should be able to tell the states what they can or cannot do with something as important as marriage. But the trend right now in the courts is to permit gay marriage and anybody who doesn't admit that just isn't living in the real world.”
My impression is this, as 2016 approaches and if the Dem's can gain seats in both the House and Senate, look for the Republican party to, in some fashion or other, say they are willing to *discuss* the possibility of civil unions for gay couples nationally. (with religious exemption laws in place for the haters)
Of course, it will be a complete lie, just meant to make them seem more palatable with voters while they remain completely anti-gay to keep their religious base.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday set a Monday deadline for litigants to file responses in an attempt to stay a federal court's order striking down Oregon's ban on gay marriage.
On Monday, May 19, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane declared Oregon's 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples invalid.
The state, which sided with plaintiffs in the case, immediately implemented McShane's order, making Oregon the 18th state to allow gay couples to marry.
After being turned down by district and appellate courts, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's most vociferous opponent of marriage equality, asked Justice Kennedy, who has jurisdiction over Oregon, to stay McShane's ruling so it may pursue a motion before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to intervene in the case.
NOM argued in its appeal to Kennedy that without the ban many of its members in Oregon “will suffer particular harm,” including “a county clerk and several members of the wedding industry who will suffer material harm if the ruling is implemented.”
Kennedy, who may act on his own or refer the matter to the full court, asked for responses to be filed by 1PM Monday.
This case is particularly noteworthy because it's the second Supreme Court Justice to make a decision on something having to do with gay marriage.
As you may recall, Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a stay on gay marriages in Utah until the case can be determined by the 10th circuit court.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Bishop Harry Jackson has urged pastors to fight the “radical homosexual agenda.”
Speaking at the Family Research Council's (FRC) Watchmen on the Walls conference, Jackson, a minister at the Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland, said pastors need to “lead the people” in fighting the “radical homosexual agenda that is trying to take over the nation.”
Wearing a camouflage shirt and pants, Jackson told the crowd that church leaders need “to bring a New Testament apologetic on why homosexuality is not the will of God, why God didn't make anyone that way, and why it's all right to speak out and keep on speaking.”
“We're not just fighting a political battle, but we're dealing with principles and powers and this present darkness in the land,” he added.
Jackson was a leader in speaking out against marriage equality in Maryland and Washington, D.C., where gay and lesbian couples won the right to marry legislatively. Voters in Maryland later upheld the law approved by lawmakers.
First of all, let's just add, NOM pays this anti-gay fascist 20K a year to preach his hate.
Secondly, he just said Jesus is a liar, not exactly the place a so called Christian should want to find themselves.
See, Jesus did say something about homosexuals, he did so by using the terminology of the day...and just to torment those Christians who seem to like following this blog, just so they can try and set me straight (pun intended) I'm not telling you what he said, instead I'm gonna let you stew awhile over it.
Let's see if your smart enough to figure it out!
In the 20 mothers in the study, all primary caregivers, watching their babies triggered heightened activity in the brain's emotion-processing regions, particularly in a structure called the amygdala, which was five times more active than at baseline.
"These are regions that respond unconsciously to signs of an infants' needs, and that derive deep emotional reward from seeing the baby," Feldman said.
For the 21 heterosexual fathers - who were very involved in raising their baby but whose wives took the parenting lead - watching their infant increased activation of cognitive circuits, particularly a structure that interprets a baby's cries and non-verbal cues. It is the region that knows which squirm means "I'm about to scream" and which means "change me."But studying the brain activity of gay fathers revealed an interesting pattern:
The 48 gay fathers raising children with their husbands seemed to be both mom and dad, brain-wise. Their emotional circuits were as active as those of mothers and the interpretive circuits showed the same extra activity as that of heterosexual fathers'.More data showed that the more time a man spent as a primary caregiver, the stronger the connection between the emotional and cognitive structures of the brain. This was heightened in the gay parents.