Congratulations to Ireland…

liza…you’ve surpassed the USA on civil rights and liberties: Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage, both sides say (It’s a WaPo article, so reflexively they put in a Both Sides…):

“As the official ballot counting continued, the only question appeared to be how large the “yes” margin of victory from Friday’s vote would be. Analysts said the “yes” support was likely to exceed 60 percent nationally when official results are announced later Saturday.”

One Lump of Stupid or Two, Sen. Cruz?

Canadian-born latino and immigrant-hating southern white supremacist Senator Ted Cruz will always, Always, ALWAYS fight to allow Y’all Qaeda to discriminate against the ‘mos.

One Lump of Stupid or Two, Sen. Cruz?

Your Morning Stupid

Ted Cruz smells his record.

Ted Cruz smells his record.

Ted Cruz finds a novel way to deflect questions about Marriage Equality and gay rights in general:

“Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed with sex?

“ISIS is executing homosexuals — you want to talk about gay rights? This week was a very bad week for gay rights because the expansion of ISIS, the expansion of radical, theocratic, Islamic zealots that crucify Christians, that behead children and that murder homosexuals — that ought to be concerning you far more than asking six questions all on the same topic.”

So, shorter Cruz: I may be bad, but ISIS is worse. Next question!

News That Will Drive You To Drink

Theocracy Today

Boy exorcist and noted volcano scholar Bobby Jindal (The Stupid Party — LA) has released his first campaign ad for The 2016 Goat Rodeo, even though he has not announced yet:

And just to make it perfectly clear to Y’all Qaeda, Jindal has also issued an Executive Order To ‘Accomplish The Intent’ Of Failed Anti-Gay Bill.

“For months Republican Governor Bobby Jindal has been pushing an anti-gay “religious liberty” bill called the Louisiana Marriage And Conscience Act. earlier this afternoon it was defeated by a whopping 10-2 vote by a House committee.

Yay! That’s deader than Mike Pence’s chances of ever having a key to the Oval Office, amiright?

“Almost immediately, Gov. Jindal issued a statement in response.

Uh-oh.

““We are disappointed by the committee’s action to return the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act to the calendar,” Gov. Jindal told The Advocate, a local Louisiana newspaper. “We will be issuing an Executive Order shortly that will accomplish the intent of HB 707 to prevent the state from discriminating against persons or entities with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman.”

Because the poor, hapless Xristian is once again the martyr?

“”This Executive Order will prohibit the state from denying or revoking a tax exemption, tax deduction, contract, cooperative agreement, loan, professional license, certification, accreditation, or employment on the basis the person acts in accordance with a religious belief that marriage is between one man and one woman.””

So essentially it’s open season on the ‘mos in Louisiana. Government agencies will not be able to investigate, let alone pursue any discrimination cases or press for damages. Of course, if the SCOTUS does strike down bans against Marriage Equality, especially as marriage is part of the good faith and reciprocity clause (legally married in one state is legally married in all), this executive order will most likely be unenforceable, but Bobby will have made his point with Y’all Qaeda by proverbially dying on that hill.

This is what theocracy looks like, folks. Think about this.

The Morning Quote

NotChimpy and Chimpy

NotChimpy and Chimpy

Again, NotChimpy wins the morning in the same interview as the previous post:

“A big country, a tolerant country ought to be able to figure out the difference between discriminating against someone because of their sexual orientation, and not forcing someone to participate in a wedding that they find goes against their moral beliefs.”

So… a tolerant country should allow discrimination? Right.

One Lump of Stupid or Two, Jebbie?

Once again, Jeb is proving that he is The Smart Bush® :

I think he can try to give mouth-to-mouth to Chimpy’s 2004 re-election wedge issue, but it is already toe-tagged.

Texas’ “We Don’t Serve Your Kind” Law Advances

texas-logo big.jpgWhile Texas is bravely fighting the scourge of Jade Helm 15, abandoned Walmart detention centers complete with tunnels and Maoist Prison Guards, ISIS-Drug Cartels Alliances and whatnot, the Texas Lege must be up to its Gohmert-sized ears protecting the Lone Start State Citizens from… well, what?

Senate Backs Allowing Pastors to Refuse to Marry Same-Sex Couples

So even though same-sex marriage is banned in Texas, the Lege wants to protect Y’all Qaeda from getting sued for not marryin’ the ‘mos? Is this like double-secret probation at Faber College?

“The so-called Pastor Protection Act — a bill that clarifies clergy members’ right to refuse to marry same-sex couples — tentatively passed the Texas Senate on Monday.

“…A challenge to the state’s ban against same-sex marriage is pending in the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on four same-sex marriage cases in other states in June. Some expect the Supreme Court could rule in favor of striking down same-sex marriage bans nationwide.”

“The bill’s author, state Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, suggested on the floor Monday that his measure would be needed if that became the case.”

But no one is forcing churches to perform weddings. What else is in there?

“The legislation also stipulates that clergy, religious organizations and people employed by a religious group could not be sued for damages, prosecuted for criminal violations, lose tax-exempt status or forfeit a government contract or grant for refusing to provide services, open facilities or sell goods related to same-sex marriages.

“I think the language is awfully broad,” said Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, adding that a clause protecting groups supervised and controlled by a religious organization would seem to allow for-profit health care, nursing home and other companies to refuse to serve same-sex couples.

But he said it wasn’t about discrimination, you know, like all those other RFRA bills. Say, what else is Texas doing to protect the existential threats Texans face?

“…Also Tuesday, the House is set to begin debate on separate bill to all but ban gay marriage in Texas no matter how the U.S. Supreme Court rules this summer.

“House Bill 4105, which has 78 Republican co-authors — more than half of the 150 representatives — would prohibit any government employee in Texas from issuing a same-sex marriage license and bar state or local tax money from being spent to “enforce or recognize” same-sex marriages, even those legally performed in another state.”

Totally legal. Texas remains in undisputed first place as the US Lab for Bad Policy.

The Morning Quote

The Smart Bush®

The Smart Bush®

NotChimpy Jeb Bush made yet another trip to (dead Jerry Falwell’s) Liberty University (accredited in some locals, but not all), and to give the commencement address to Wingnuttia’s Yutes of Today.

“Somebody here is being small-minded and intolerant, and it sure isn’t the nuns, ministers, and laymen and women who ask only to live and practice their faith. Federal authorities are demanding obedience, in complete disregard of religious conscience — and in a free society, the answer is no.

“The stories vary, year after year, but the storyline is getting familiar: The progressive political agenda is ready for its next great leap forward, and religious people or churches are getting in the way. Our friends on the left like to view themselves as the agents of change and reform, and you and I are supposed to just get with the program.”

Why are all the dogs barking, Jeb?

Minnesota Nice: We Don’t Serve Your Kind Law Introduced

Jeebus weepsHere we go again:

“State Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, said business owners with strong opposition to same-sex marriage shouldn’t be forced to cater to those ceremonies.”

“I was one of the legislators who opposed gay marriage, but even then I said that gays and lesbians should be able to live as they choose,” Gazelka said. “I’m simply asking that Christians and people of faith be allowed to live as they choose without … threat of punishment.”

“His bill would protect the right of religious organizations and small businesses to refuse service for same-sex weddings.”

We keep saying it: selling goods and services in a public setting is not participating in a wedding. When you have a business license you are agreeing to provide goods and services to the entire public, not just the ones you pick and choose.