Defense of Marriage Act/Prop 8 Update 3/3/13

Written by scott on March 3rd, 2013

Carrier Pigeons for NOMNews continues to trickle out on DOMA, Prop 8, and the pending Supreme Court hearings. First off, The US Conference of Mayors has submitted a brief urging the Court to strike down DOMA. On Top Magazine reports:

The U.S. Conference of Mayors, which includes 1,309 member cities, each of which is represented by their mayor or other chief elected official, joined nearly 300 companies, as well as individual mayors and trade associations, in an amicus brief filed before the Supreme Court in the case Windsor v. United States. In the brief, signers called on the high court to strike down the law first enacted in 1996, focusing on how DOMA burdens employers. DOMA “forces us to treat one class of our lawfully married employees differently than another, when our success depends upon the welfare and morale of all employees.”

The Jerusalem Post reports that the Anti Defamation League has formed a new coalition for marriage equality:

The ADL filed two amicus briefs to the US Supreme Court for two pending cases centered around the issue of homosexual marriage, Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor. The first case challenges the constitutionality of California bill Proposition 8, which restricts marriage to opposite-gender couples while the second deals with the constitutionality of Section 3 of the 1996 “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA).

Wingnut Bryan Fischer, head of the American Family Association, wants President Obama impeached over his support for repealing DOMA. On Top Magazine reports:

Fischer argued in a column published on Friday that Obama had “committed an impeachable offense” and that the government should instead campaign against homosexuality. “Homosexual sex is not behavior that any rational society should endorse, promote, normalize, or protect in law. Calling relationships ‘marriages’ that are based on the act of sodomy, which was a felony everywhere in America for the first 255 years of our existence, gives society’s ultimate stamp of approval to behavior that is self-destructive, destroys human health and shortens life. This is obviously short-sighted and callous public policy.”

And a couple notes on NOM and their planned march on the court later this month during the hearings. First off, Joe.My.God has the list of speakers NOM has lined up:

NOM today published the above list of speakers scheduled for their hate march on the Supreme Court. Hopefully there’ll be an open bar for busted drunk driver Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and an emergency Botox station for Concernstipated Women head Penny Nance. And we can only presume that New York state Sen. Ruben Diaz will bring along the same speaker who told attendees at the last NOM hate march that homosexuals are “worthy of death.”

Pam’s House Blend reports that NOM seems to be buying Faceook likes from France for their March 26th event page:

National Organization for Marriage has done it again. They’ve attracted more foreign than domestic support to one of their Facebook event pages. In this case, it seems that their March 26 plans for a protest at the U. S. Supreme Court against equal protection of the laws for same-sex couples is more heavily supported by Parisians than by Americans.

And muses that NOM may soon have to resort to using carrier pigeons to get their message out:

With basically every major tech company coming out against the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act, the National Organization for Marriage will soon have no choice but to spread their homophobic word via carrier pigeons, a mode of communication fitting for their early-20th century-inspired hate.



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