For the conservatives on the court it's a "State's Rights" issue and for the liberals it's a "Civil Rights" issue, but both those points-of-view could spell the end of the Congress-created Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 (aka DOMA) as federal law.
Entries in gay marriage (11)
One of my least favorite news stories is back! You remember it from the Proposition 8 saga. It's the one about black people hating gay people. Unless you're that unfortunate black person who also happens to be gay. I suppose you're involved with some "war within." Wait? You're not? You just live as both a gay and a black American? Well, damn. Who knew?
Wednesday, in a historic moment, President Barack Obama came out for gay marriage in an interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts. President Obama would always say his views were "evolving" on gay marriage and gay rights, but it always seemed more like he was waiting on the public to "evolve." Under his administration he watched as the political environment became more favorable towards things like ending Don't Ask, Don't Tell in the military (which Obama did) and fighting the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which under the Obama Administration the Department of Justice does not defend. And for the criticism that has come on the left, that Obama's words could have been stronger, as he's still left marriage up to the states, there's no denying the historic nature of this.
Presidential wannabe Michele Bachmann performed a reading comprehension fail last week when it was reported she signed a conservative "defense of marriage" pledge that included some wonky language about slavery. The pledge argued that more black children were raised by mothers and fathers during slavery than during the Obama Administration. Now the group that created the pledge are trying to walk back these more problematic, revisionist history-style statements.
Late Friday night, 33 Democrats and four key Republicans voted to make same-sex marriage legal in New York state, making New York one of the largest states to sanction gay marriage. Backed and signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, insiders say the key to swinging those four crucial GOP votes was wealthy Republican donors who promised those vulnerable they would financially back their re-election campaigns.
Comedian Tracy Morgan returned to Nashville today to continue his tour of contrition after a man who went to one of Morgan's comedy sets posted a story on Facebook about Morgan making several homophobic jokes, including that if he had a gay son he would murder him.
The show was taped on Wednesday. Here's the audio. I kind of stumbled on the question regarding the comparison between the gay marriage debate and the No Wedding No Womb, pro-marriage initiative. Mostly because those are two very different issues. I should have said that I couldn't make those two fit, but instead I just babbled like a dork and made no sense. The rest of the show went GREAT though! Take a listen! Or check out the embeded audio after the link!
The Church of Latter Day Saints has caught some flack in California for their fight against gay marriage. It's what happens when you walk into the political minefield of civil rights. There's a good chance it could blow up in your face. Well, some in the church don't like the blowback and one Elder Dallin H. Oaks compared being Mormon and against gay marriage to being a Southern black American during the Civil Rights Movement.
My other fair Rolly Rolls, the recently exonerated but rarely imitated, Sen. Roland Burris of Illinois pulled off a ballsy move of attending a gay pride parade only to talk about how marriage is for making babies. Two penises and two va-jay-jays can't procreate so ... Uncle Roland is for Civil Unions?