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Republicans Should Pray The Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage

Monday, August 18th, 2014

GOProudOne of the most widely discussed issues on the political right is the danger supposedly posed by judicial “activism,” when judges are said to substitute their personal preferences for the clear intent of the law and the Constitution. The Supreme Court in particular has been a target of those who oppose judicial overreach.

Overlooked by these critics, however, is the fact that many of the Supreme Court decisions the right loves to hate (from Roe v Wade to Lawrence v Texas) have actually expanded individual rights and limited government power, making them entirely consistent with the presumption of liberty found in the Constitution.

The latest issue to spark outrage on the right is gay marriage. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, for example, railed against it at a rally for traditional marriage this past spring in Washington, D.C. “Judicial supremacy is a curse upon this great Republic,” he screamed, calling last year’s Supreme Court rulings in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8 cases the “greatest heresy of our time.” In the DOMA case, the court overturned that part of DOMA that defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman for the purpose of awarding federal benefits and legal privileges.

By David Lampo – Full Story at Daily Caller

Michigan Marriage Equality Lawsuit Gets a Boost – From the GOP

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

MichiganA group of republicans, including the former House leader who pushed for a ban on Michigan marriage equality, has submitted a brief in favor of it.

The Macomb Daily reports:

An unlikely coalition of Republicans, business executives, military officials, religious leaders and the former Michigan Speaker of the House who initially pushed for a ban on gay marriage has filed briefs in federal court supporting the March 21 ruling that briefly struck down Michigan’s restrictions on same-sex couples’ right to marry… “As conservatives, moderates and libertarians we embrace the individual freedoms protected by our Constitution,” said Rick Johnson, the former GOP speaker who paved the way for the gay marriage issue to make its way to the 2004 statewide ballot. “We embrace Ronald Reagan’s belief that the Republican Party must be a ‘big tent.’ We believe in the importance of limited government, individual freedom and stable families. We believe that these values are advanced by recognizing civil marriage rights for same-sex couples.”

Ever so slowly, Republicans are coming around to marriage equality.

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Republicans Not Likely to Embrace Marriage Equality Anytime Soon

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Homosexuality morally acceprable?

This week featured a major event in the Republican Party’s still-ongoing evolution on gay marriage, with Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) becoming the latest of a handful of congressional Republicans to say he supports it.

But while Democrats have come out en masse for gay marriage in the last couple of years, don’t expect a similar onslaught from the GOP any time soon.

The reason? The GOP is still struggling with the morality issue.

While Democrats have moved quickly away from the idea that gay and lesbian relations are morally wrong, Republicans are moving much more slowly. In fact, they’re barely more accepting of homosexuality today than they were a decade ago, according to Gallup, which has been asking Americans every year whether various behaviors are “morally acceptable” to them.

Authored By Aaron Blake – See the Full Story at The Washington Post

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The Coming Marriage Equality Earthquake

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

GOPIn recent months, one court after another — in Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan, Tennessee, Ohio, and Kentucky — has either ruled a state ban illegal or said the state must recognize legal marriages performed in other states. It now seems all but inevitable that sooner rather than later, the Supreme Court will answer the question of whether or not a state can ban same-sex marriage.

Yesterday was another bad day in court for advocates of “traditional” marriage, this time in Utah, where a three-judge panel of federal appeals court heard a challenge to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. It wasn’t a total rout — one judge plainly wanted to uphold the ban, one judge plainly wanted to strike it down, and the third seemed torn.

But a SCOTUS ruling is plainly coming, and by this time next year, we could have a final answer on the law. If and when that happens, the political fallout will be enormous.

Authored By Greg Sargent – See the Full Story at The Washington Post

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The GOP’s Gay Marriage Conundrum

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

GOPAmid rising momentum in favor of legalizing gay marriage, Bob Vander Plaats, the Iowa conservative activist who helped both Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum win the last two Republican caucuses in his state, said he would strongly oppose any Republican presidential candidate who backed same-sex unions and predicted such a person would not be able to win in Iowa or capture the GOP nomination overall.

“I don’t think they would get a foothold anywhere and they would definitely get beat in Iowa,” Vander Plaats said of any Republican who supported gay marriage. And Vander Plaats said he and other social conservatives there would “do their due diligence” in pressing any Republican who comes to Iowa to pledge both now and in the future that they will support marriage only between a man and a woman.

The comments, in an interview with me, were a bit of a warning shot to potential Republican 2016 candidates. Vander Plaats, runs a social conservative group called The Family Leader in Iowa, and is an influential enough figure that six of the Republican 2012 candidates attended a forum on faith and politics his group sponsored during the campaign.

Authored By Perry Bacon Jr. – See the Full Story at The Grio

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USA, Virginia: GOP Lawmakers Seek to Defend Gay Marriage Ban

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

VirginiaIn the wake of Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s statement that he would not defend the ban on marriage equality in the state, the state GOP is attempting to hire lawyers to defend the law.

The Washington Blade reports:

A Virginia House of Delegates committee on Friday approved a bill that would allow any state lawmaker to defend a law if the governor and attorney general decline to do so. The 13-7 vote in the House Courts of Justice Committee on the measure that state Dels. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah County) and Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County) introduced on Jan. 7 took place a day after Attorney General Mark Herring announced he would not defend the state’s constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage.

The move mirrors the one House Republicans in Washington DC took when President Obama refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act – a move that ultimately failed.

In related news, the legal team that fought for the repeal of Prop 8 is urging a judge in the state’s marriage equality case to immediately rule in favor of marriage equality.

Joe.My.God reports:

The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the sole sponsor of Bostic v. Rainey, the federal constitutional challenge to Virginia’s discriminatory Marriage Amendment, issued the following statement regarding U.S. District Court Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen’s order seeking Status Reports from all parties in the case regarding whether oral argument on the issues presented is warranted or whether the Court should rule promptly on the briefs without a hearing: “Every day these discriminatory laws remain in effect is another day gay and lesbian Virginians and their families are harmed and treated as second-class citizens,” said AFER Executive Director Adam Umhoefer. “We urge Judge Allen to proceed immediately to judgment and find Virginia’s laws banning marriage for gay and lesbian couples unconstitutional.”

Will Virginia’s anti-marriage equality law be a next one to fall?

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USA, Indiana: GOP Lawmakers Ready to Consider Gay Marriage Ban

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

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The 2014 legislative session in Indiana began Tuesday. Lawmakers are set to consider passing a marriage equality ban bill for the second time.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Supporters of the ban are seeking to amend the constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage, civil unions and benefits for same-sex couples. But at least three lawmakers who voted for the proposal three years ago have since reversed their positions, reports the Courier-Journal, and several other lawmakers are re-considering their support. Opponents of the amendment have run a highly visible and coordinated campaign so far, but it remains unclear whether they will succeed in winning enough lawmakers to their side.

Even if the ban was approved for second time, it would still have to go before voters for final approval. And if the bill is amended, it will have to go through another session of the legislature for a re-vote.

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USA, Indiana: 13 Mayors Speak Out Against Proposed Marriage Equality Ban

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

IndianaA group of Indiana mayors has banded together to speak out against the proposed ban on gay marriage.

Gay Star News reports:

13 mayors, including a large group of Republicans, have gone public with their opposition to efforts to ban same-sex marriage in Indiana. The mayors include 6 Republicans and 7 Democrats and represent the cities of Lafayette, Evansville, Angola, Kokomo, West Lafayette, Anderson, Bloomington, Hammond, Valparaiso, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Carmel and Indianapolis. 11 of the mayors have joined forces with Freedom Indiana to form a group called Mayors for Freedom, while another two made their support known to the media on Tuesday.

It’s fantastic to see that almost half of the mayors in the group are Republicans. A sign of things to come?

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USA, Hawaii: Judge Says It’s Too Soon for Lawsuit Over Marriage Equality Bill

Friday, November 8th, 2013

HawaiiA Republican attempt to stop the marriage equality bill in its tracks in court failed yesterday when the judge said they have to wait until the bill is actually passed and signed into law.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

A Hawaii judge has rejected a move to block lawmakers from legalizing gay marriage in a special session, but said he’ll hear the challenge if a law is passed. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Circuit Court Judge Karl Sakamoto on Thursday said many voters might have thought they were voting to narrowly limit marriage when they voted on a constitutional amendment in 1998. According to the lawsuit, the wording in the instructions said: “A ‘yes’ vote would add a new provision to the Constitution that would give the Legislature the power to reserve marriage to opposite-sex couples only.” But Attorney General David Louie said last month that amendment gave the Legislature the power to decide whether to limit marriage, and that lawmakers “unquestionably” have the constitutional authority to consider and enact a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.

The Hawaii House will vote for the final time on the marriage equality bill sometime later today. Then it goes back to the Senate for a re-vote, probably Tuesday.

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USA, Texas: Top GOP Candidates Unanimous in Opposition to Marriage Equality

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Texas Attorney General Greg AbbottIn a development that’s sure to shock no one, all of the top-tier GOP candidates in Texas are against marriage equality.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

An Associated Press survey shows that GOP candidates support the state’s gay marriage ban and most say local ordinances that prohibit gay discrimination violate other people’s freedom of religion. Some candidates also say gays, lesbians and the transgendered don’t face significant discrimination. “To my knowledge, employers generally do not ask about a person’s sexual orientation. The state of Texas certainly does not,” said Attorney General Greg Abbott, an early favorite to become Texas’ next governor. But he added that “both the U.S. and Texas Constitutions protect faith-based organizations from being coerced into employing persons in a way that would require them to violate their faith.”

Ah yes, Texas, just like Russia, does not discriminate against the gays.

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