A defense spending bill includes a broadened version of Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin’s anti-gay provision.
DOMA Arigato, St. Joseph. A NY woman legally married last October to another woman (known as Jane Roe and Jane Doe, respectively) is suing her employer, Catholic hospital St. Joseph’s, for not extending insurance benefits to her wife. Because St. Joe’s is self-insured, they have freedom under DOMA and the federal government to not extend medical benefits to same-sex couples. This may well be the first case of its kind to take on both the federal government and a Catholic institution, and its decision could have far-reaching consequences —especially for religiously affiliated institutions — nationwide. source
a-great—perhaps submitted: “Jess, help! I live in Nashville, TN and a local news station is asking on its website if unmarried couples should be able to adopt, whether they’re gay or straight. The no’s are currently winning, with 53%. It is CLEARLY time for a Tumblr bomb!”
Well clearly. Fly, my pretties! (and then scroll down to “Web Poll” on the right-hand side of the page)
(Could somebody make me a gif of the Wicked Witch yelling that? I need it for future Tumblr bomb attacks.)
— New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch • Discussing the efforts to repeal gay marriage in the state’s legislature, which legislators are expected to vote on soon. The legislation, sponsored by Republican state Rep. David Bates, would keep 1,906 current marriages legal but bar any future ones, limiting the definition of marriage between one man and one woman. Lynch has promised to veto any law outlawing gay marriage. (via shortformblog)
- cause Back in May, Goodwin Liu’s nomination to the 9th Circuit Court was blocked by Republicans, due in part to his support for same-sex marriage.
- effect Liu is now on track to be seated on the California Supreme Court instead—and will likely be confirmed in time to hear the case to repeal Proposition 8. source
» One note: Goodwin Liu has publicly opposed Proposition 8 in the past, so if he ends up hearing the case, supporters of the law will likely ask that he recuse himself. But that doesn’t mean he has to.
If the Republicans had wanted to prevent abortions, they would have…
- Funded a thorough and mandatory sex education initiative from the earliest grades in all schools and combined it with the distribution of free contraceptives in all high schools, public and private (religious schools included)
- Legislated generous family leave for both mothers and fathers
- Provided federally funded day care as a national priority
- Expanded adoption services, including encouraging gay parents to adopt children, and they would have encouraged gay couples to marry and adopt
- Provided a generous tax incentive to have children and direct financial assistance and educational opportunities for all families, including single parents
- Raised taxes to pay for these programs
- Never have equated stem cell research with abortion, much less with murder, thereby making the anti-abortion position patently ridiculous
- Above all, they would have addressed the injustice of the growing gap between the superrich and everyone else and fought to raise the living standards of poor people. (Forty percent of all women seeking abortion live on $10,000 a year or less.)
And the ball continues to roll: Earlier this year, a spat of polls showed, for the first time, majority support for same-sex marriage. Last weekend, New York state passed the Marriage Equality Act, granting equal marriage rights to all New Yorkers. Now, thirteen US Senators have filmed an “It Gets Better” video. When you think about the political prospects for gay rights even five years ago, this is kind of astounding—these thirteen individuals (all Democrats, as if that had to be said) are amongst the most powerful people in the most powerful country in the world. Much respect to Senator Chris Coons for posting this; Coons, you’ll recall, was the 2010 candidate everybody wrote off until the Republicans nominated Christine O’Donnell to run against him. So, in a weird way, we have O’Donnell to thank for this video. Thanks, Christine! source
Rubén Díaz, Sr. is kind of a jerk: Talking over his two-minute limit. Saying homophobic things. Choosing not to sit down. Someone doesn’t want this bill to pass.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but this isn’t how my state representative is supposed to respond to his constituents about key issues, correct?
You should submit this to one of the political/news Tumblrs - this needs to be seen!
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