The Stupid… It BURNS!!!!

On the bright side, you’ll never hear, “Not tonight honey.”

2016 Goat Rodeo Rider Is Angry

So Reince, how is that rebranding working out? If I were you (hahahaha), I would take Gomer up on his offer and kick him out of your club. Something like:

The Althouse Effect

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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.

Pride Month

Gay Pride Month 2009

“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.

Barack Obama

(White House)

Baking Cakes in Colorado

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Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission on Friday ordered a baker to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples, finding his religious objections to the practice did not trump the state’s anti-discrimination statutes.

It seems pretty straight-forward, and the commission that ruled on it was unanimous. However, for Wingnuttia, all is not well:

The “Civil Rights Commission” is a kangaroo court. Their mandate is to find people brought before it guilty of discrimination. That is their raison d’être, and the members of the commission are chosen to prove discrimination is present…

To sum up: Mr. Phillips was hauled before this commission for not serving a wedding cake to a gay couple even though gay marriage is illegal in Colorado. In other words, it is illegal in Colorado to refuse to take part in the extension of an illegal act. Mr. Phillips is being punished and forced to violate his religious tenets despite the fact that one of the Commission’s mandates is to protect people from being discriminated against because of their religion.

Well, actually, the commission’s ruling was that a public business which has to abide by state laws and statutes discriminated against a class of customers. It makes no difference if the cake was a wedding cake or a birthday cake, they refused to sell their goods to a gay couple.

(Yahoo News)

Like the third reel of a horror movie…

Maggie Gallagher

…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.

(Towleroad)

Somewhere, Maggie Gallagher Weeps

Maggie Gallagher

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.

Congratulations to Idaho’s Wedding Industry

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.”

Mississippi’s “We Don’t Serve Your Kind” Law Is Not Popular

Hey guys, remember when The Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act (We Don’t Serve Your Kind) was signed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant in April, and it spawned some interesting protests by non-bigot business owner who were putting up stickers in their windows to show that they would welcome gay people’s money into their stores?

Guess what? Similar stickers are going to be worn at the University of Mississippi’s graduation in Oxford by some students and faculty:

One protest is expected Saturday when the governor speaks at the University of Mississippi’s graduation in Oxford. Organizer Kevin Cozart said he has distributed more than 350 lapel stickers with a rainbow-striped map of Mississippi and a quote from the university creed: “I believe in respect for the dignity of each person.”

(Towleroad)

Hey Reince, How’s That Rebranding Workin’ for Ya, Dude?

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As part of the lemon-fresh, new and improved GOP marketing plan to attract the youth of today into the Whigs Party of Lincoln, the suggestion was to cool the rhetoric on hating the gays and to get out of the Culture War bidness. So how’s that working? Take it away, HuffPo:

WASHINGTON — As support for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals grows in the GOP, the official stance of the Republican Party remains rooted in opposition to those rights. The party’s national platform, written in 2012, comes out strongly against LGBT equality and even calls for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

For the most part, the same remains true at the state level. According to a count by The Huffington Post, only seven states plus the District of Columbia have no mention of opposition to same-sex marriage or other rights for LGBT individuals in their party platforms. Fourteen states appear to go by the national platform, leaving 29 other states with their own platforms that oppose gay rights.