Saturday, June 27, 2015

 

You Like Me, Right Now, You Like Me!



I may not be Sally Field but I am feeling liked by Justice Kennedy.

An interesting factoid is that three of the four most momentous Supreme Court decisions on LGBT rights, yesterday's Obergefell v. Hodges, United States v. Windsor and Lawrence v. Texas, were all handed down on June 26th … just in time for my birthday.

I turn 66 today and cannot be happier with my present.

Maybe I'll go out and force someone to bake me a cake.

 

A Good Week




It's been a good week for President Obama.

Not only has he been able to celebrate the upholding of his signature accomplishment in office, the Affordable Care Act, not only has he been able to deliver a moving address on the same-sex marriage victory, but he has, in tragic circumstances, delivered an eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney and the other victims of the Charleston shooting that, despite it being rooted deeply in Black Christianity and including the President singing (rather off-key) “Amazing Grace,” nonetheless drew the admiration of PZ Myers.

That's quite an accomplishment.

Friday, June 26, 2015

 

What, Me Worry?


Alfred E. ("Bobby") Jindal, has a cunning plan!
Jindal's office also provided remarks on the court's ruling from a speech in Iowa on Friday.

"The Supreme Court is completely out of control, making laws on their own, and has become a public opinion poll instead of a judicial body. If we want to save some money lets just get rid of the court.
One small problem … the Constitution at Article III requires that there be a Supreme Court.

Funny, it wasn't so long ago that Jindal called on the Republican Party to "stop being the stupid party."

I guess Jindal applied for and got an exemption from that.

 

Speaking Truth!




President Obama gave a quite touching speech about the same-sex marriage decision.

 

DONE!



This morning, the Supreme Court, in Obergefell v. Hodges, determined that banning same-sex marriages violates the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection clause.

Somewhat disappointingly, it was a 5-4 decision. Chief Justice Roberts blew his chance not to be known as the Roger B. Taney of the 21st Century.

More as I can read the decision.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

 

Defining Stupidity


Okay, as the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage looms, the Religious Right is collectively losing whatever mind it ever had.

What I'm kinda interested in, in a macabre sort of way, is the names that they are now assigning to LGBT people and those that support their civil rights.

One of my recent favorites is “Rainbow Jihad.”

Of course, “Gay Gestapohas been around around for a while.

Another relatively new one is “Homosexual Stazi” … never mind that the East German secret police were actually known as the “Stasi” ... you get the drift.

Then there is the “Gay Reich” and, for bonus points, "Big Gay."

Less imaginative types might go with “Homosexual Fascism” or something likeThe Nazis of Today.”

More imaginative types might tryThe Homosexual Borg.”

If you see some more or less interesting label for LGBT people and those who believe in equal rights, please leave a comment and, if possible, a link.
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Update: Here's a new one: "gay Sharia."
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Update: Here's another: “Pawns Of The Devil.”


Thursday, June 18, 2015

 

Boo!


Mexico's Supreme Court, in a bit of a roundabout way, has legalized same-sex marriage in that country. With Canada, politely, having done the same a decade ago, we in the US are now surrounded! … but not for long, I hope!

The Catholic Church in Mexico is taking the ruling about as well as can be expected.
The Archbishop of San Luis Potosi, Carlos Cabrero, and Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iñiguez joined together to perform the “Magno Exorcismo” (great exorcism) last month, following the expansion of marriage rights.

Famous exorcist [cough] Father José Antonio Fortea, who helped perform the exorcism, told right-wing blog Breitbart the move was necessary because “undoubtedly the abortion, Satanism, corruption, the cult of ‘holy’ death and the legalization of sexual aberrations have caused great satanic infestation throughout Mexico.”
Umm … pedophile priests aren't included?

Oh, well … as long as you are being rational about it …

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