On the bright side, you’ll never hear, “Not tonight honey.”
Our Lady of Merlot has a post up on Marriage Equality in Wisconsin; she’s positive on the topic (“It’s a beautiful, warm late spring night and the atmosphere was low key and not at all protest-y or political. These were couples doing what they should have been able to do all along.”), but her readers are not:
Disgusting and appalling that we see repeated the pattern that local clerks — Democrats — pull stunts with extended hours while real lawyers try to get real judges to stay the constitutionality opinions until a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals can rule. Invariably (?) the appellate courts have ruled — as they should — that district court orders on major state constitutional questions should be stayed pending appeal. Utah, Michigan, Virginia; you name it. They have all put stays into effect. After, that is, a rainbow-parade circus of gay marriages in the intervening hours.
It is an abomination to the rule of law and good trial court/appellate court procedure.
So, who authorized the overtime and expenditure of taxpayers money for something that can wait until normal office hours?
Now comes the all out attack on freedom of association and the attempt to destroy the Catholic Church.
In fact, it’s already started.
You are an intensely destructive woman, Althouse.
You are Exhibit A in why the patriarchy should be restored and why women should not occupy your position. Your job should be reserved for a heterosexual man with a family.
I would link to her post, but then I’d have Mead show up here again protecting his meal ticket. Anyway, go read the comments there. These people will turn on a dime to shiv their heroes.
“As progress spreads from State to State, as justice is delivered in the courtroom, and as more of our fellow Americans are treated with dignity and respect — our Nation becomes not only more accepting, but more equal as well. During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, we celebrate victories that have affirmed freedom and fairness, and we recommit ourselves to completing the work that remains.
“Last year, supporters of equality celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, a ruling which, at long last, gave loving, committed families the respect and legal protections they deserve. In keeping with this decision, my Administration is extending family and spousal benefits — from immigration benefits to military family benefits — to legally married same-sex couples.
“My Administration proudly stands alongside all those who fight for LGBT rights. Here at home, we have strengthened laws against violence toward LGBT Americans, taken action to prevent bullying and harassment, and prohibited discrimination in housing and hospitals. Despite this progress, LGBT workers in too many States can be fired just because of their sexual orientation or gender identity; I continue to call on the Congress to correct this injustice by passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. And in the years ahead, we will remain dedicated to addressing health disparities within the LGBT community by implementing the Affordable Care Act and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy — which focuses on improving care while decreasing HIV transmission rates among communities most at risk.
“Our commitment to advancing equality for the LGBT community extends far beyond our borders. In many places around the globe, LGBT people face persecution, arrest, or even state-sponsored execution. This is unacceptable. The United States calls on every nation to join us in defending the universal human rights of our LGBT brothers and sisters.
“This month, as we mark 45 years since the patrons of the Stonewall Inn defied an unjust policy and awakened a nascent movement, let us honor every brave leader who stood up, sat in, and came out, as well as the allies who supported them along the way. Following their example, let each of us speak for tolerance, justice, and dignity — because if hearts and minds continue to change over time, laws will too.
“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2014 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.
“IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.
…so is the unexpected return of former unwed mother, and marriage aficionado Maggie Gallagher in defense of Xristian Xrazie, frosted-tips enthusiasts and homophobic real estate-flipping Benham Brothers:
“If the Benham brothers are able to survive and flourish as home building faith filled reality TV stars, the dark curtain will have lifted a bit. The future will look brighter, new possibilities will open up, whether it is on traditional existing media, or whether we begin to fund and create our own networks of communication. For as the Benham brothers have made clear, for them, whether they are on TV or not, matters not so much. For the future of a free, tolerant, and religiously diverse America, it matters a great deal. The contest right now is whether or not the Left and their LGBT allies will successfully redefine mainstream orthodox Christian (or Jewish or Muslim) beliefs as the equivalent of racism. Or whether we will forge a peculiarly American path to a better, more diverse, and tolerant outcome for us all.”
But the best part is that in her lede graf Gallagher resurfaces her shower-nozzle masturbation fantasy of disgraced former beauty queen, finger-banging Carrie Prejean as having been slut-shamed:
Since Carrie Prejean was hounded off the national stage for the crime of answering the question, should every state have gay marriage, with a polite “no,” Hollywood and the entertainment industry have made their point of view crystal clear: The glamor of television and movies is not for people who believe marriage is the union of a husband and a wife. (The pageant judge who videotaped himself and posted the video calling Ms. Prejean the “c-word” was welcomed back to judge more young would-be beauty queens — what does that tell us? And when the sexual/romantic history of Carrie’s not atypical California teenager was exposed for the clear malicious purpose of “slut-shaming” her to retaliate for Carrie’s refusal to recant on gay marriage, not a single progressive voice rushed to her daughter’s defense.)
Maggie: Prejean was not slut-shamed. She was mocked for being a Xristian Xrazie sex hypocrite.
A U.S. District Court judge in Eugene has denied a motion by the National Organization for Marriage to intervene in Oregon’s gay marriage case.
Judge Michael McShane issued his decision Wednesday morning from the bench after an hour of oral arguments. NOM said it would appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The group also said it would seek a stay on any further action by McShane.
If my memory serves me correctly, that 0 – 17, NOM. Go home.
You just got a lot more business.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal magistrate judge ruled Tuesday that Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale wrote in the decision that Idaho’s laws banning same-sex marriage unconstitutionally deny gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry.
Dale said marriage works a fundamental change on the lives of all who experience it, and it holds immense personal and spiritual significance.
Idaho’s laws wrongly stigmatize gay and lesbian couples and relegate their families to second-class status without sufficient reason, she said…
Four Idaho couples filed the lawsuit challenging the marriage ban in November, against the governor and Ada County Clerk Chris Rich. The couples are Sue Latta and Traci Ehlers; Lori and Sharene Watsen; Shelia Robertson and Andrea Altmayer; and Amber Beierle and Rachael Robertson.
Latta and Ehlers married in 2008 in California, and the Watsens married in 2011 in New York. Both couples have children and say Idaho wrongly treats Ehlers as a legal stranger to her grandchildren and requires Lori Watsen to obtain a new power of attorney every six months so she can have legal authority to consent to medical treatment for her son.
Their attorney, Deborah Ferguson, said the ruling recognized that the families are part of Idaho’s community and that they deserved the same protections and respect as other Idaho families.
“The court’s ruling is a victory not only for the courageous couples who brought this case, but for everyone who cares about freedom and fairness,” Ferguson said in a statement.
But like every serial drama in which there are 8 women in peril, by the third reel, the villain appears! and in this case he is the appropriately and amusingly named Butch Otter!
Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter already has said he intends to appeal the case.
“In 2006, the people of Idaho exercised their fundamental right, reaffirming that marriage is the union of a man and a woman,” Otter said in a statement. “Today’s decision, while disappointing, is a small setback in a long-term battle that will end at the U.S. Supreme Court. I am firmly committed to upholding the will of the people and defending our Constitution.”
(NSFW) – Let’s listen to what the Xristian Xrazies are doing that chaps Stone Cold Steve Austin’s ass.
I’ve been amused by the wailing and gnashing of teeth today from Wingnuttia, who finally have found a corporation that they do not want to give full personhood to. To be blunt, last week Wingnuttia cheered on Hobby-Lobby for exercising its First Amendment rights to deny slutty-slut-sluts their slut pills, but wail about how Mozilla is taking away the free speech rights of Brendan Eich. (Which as we all know is patently untrue, only governing bodies like legislatures and Congress can write laws that infringe on First Amendment rights; the employee handbook cannot.)
So Corporations Are People (My Friends), except when they do something you don’t like, eh?
But the larger point that I think everyone is missing is this: Mozilla made a business decision. They were losing the all-important mind-share of Silicon Valley. They would have trouble recruiting employees, they were losing marketshare via a backlash, and the so-called eco-system of third party developers stopped in its tracks. When the Board of Directors started resigning, it was a company in free-fall. I mentioned this once before, but if you believe in the so-called Invisible Hand of the Marketplace, this was a self-correcting moment.
There are some interesting reads on this topic via Memeorandum, and you might find any of them interesting.
…that I didn’t get your phone call:
The National Security Agency has built a surveillance system capable of recording “100 percent” of a foreign country’s telephone calls, enabling the agency to rewind and review conversations as long as a month after they take place, according to people with direct knowledge of the effort and documents supplied by former contractor Edward Snowden.
Well, this seems intrusive. I suppose all those mistresses in foreign lands are kinda laughing it off, but the diplomats are probably a little red in the face.
And let’s face it: if they can (and did) do it there, then they can (and have) done it here.
Tiger Beat on the Potomac has given voice to the voiceless once again: Rich Lowry, editor of The National Review for some inexplicable reason is guest writing there. (Reminder to self, see if Mike Allen’s email thingy has ads for the National Review.)
Lowry’s thesis is that Jan Brewer blew it and should have legalized discrimination in the name of liberty, because: Jeebus. Now, given that the National Review’s long and well-documented history is, um, rather un-nuanced about bigotry, this should not come as a surprise. It’s another exercise of the variety that notes, “but it doesn’t say ‘Gay’ anywhere in it!”
And then there is the tell, as the card sharps say:
The market has a ready solution for these couples: There are other bakers, photographers and florists. The wedding business is not exactly bristling with hostility to gay people. If one baker won’t make a cake for gay weddings, the baker across town can hang a shingle welcoming all couples for all types of weddings.
I might be wrong, but I don’t think the Woolworth’s Lunch Counter has been in bidness for years, so maybe this offensive separate but equal argument is not worth fighting, Rich.
UPDATE 1: This post at The Teabagging Nation is the most over-the-top, rend the garments drama club angst piece I’ve read yet.