The Los Angeles Times projects that the state attorney general who declined to defend Proposition 8 wins his third term as governor of California. The state’s all-important AG race has yet to be called. Advocate.com: Daily News
And now, here’s National Organization For Marriage’s partisan president Brian Brown telling us what a world with a equality-backing SCOTUS would look like for them/us:
Brown: Ultimately if this Perry vs Schwarzenegger case out of California goes to the Supreme Court – and I’m confident that we will win at the Supreme Court – but if we were to lose and if the Supreme Court was to force same-sex marriage on, for example, Texas or Alabama or states that have voted by something like seventy-five percent to support marriage as a union of a man and woman and you have the US Supreme Court throwing out the vote of these states, I think you’re going to have a strong movement for a federal marriage amendment. And that would also be a very clear sign to the courts that they are bound by the law and they don’t have the right to simply put into law their own personal preferences.
You also have under Article III in the Constitution the idea that Congress could limit the appellate jurisdiction of some of these federal courts, so that’s another way in which, that’s already in our law, that Congress could limit the ability of the federal courts to force same-sex marriage on the rest of the country, or any other issue on which the court’s overstepping its bounds.
And if none of this works? Public flogging of all judges, natch.
In another part of this same interview (which he gave to David Barton), Brian also accuses the Iowa Supremes of “mak[ing] up the law out of thin air,” and says he wants them removed by state voters so that “there will be reverberations throughout the country all the way to the United States Supreme Court” (see above link for audio). Jurisprudence which Brian of course culled from that noted legal textbook,It’s Not True What They Say: If You Keep Saying Certain Things About Complex Constitutional Law, Some People Really *WILL* Think It’s True and Become Foot Soldiers For Your Vindictive Causes (4th Edition, Houghton Miffed-at-Progress)
The entire focus of the Proposition 8 campaign — THE. ENTIRE. FOCUS! — was on telling California citizens that gay people, via their unmufflered civil marriages, would reshape society, harm children’s lives, and warp religious freedom in ways dissimilar from heterosexual couples. Unapologetically, the Prop 8 backers told the voting public that opposite-gender marriage is a public good, but same-sex marriage is a civil wrong. In fact, the National Organization For Marriage’s Maggie Gallagher, a major prop 8 backer, still uses that very language: “It is not discrimination to treat different things differently. Same-sex marriage is not a civil right, it is a civil wrong.”
But don’t you dare offer an accurate assessment of what the Prop 8 backers so tangibly did and do. Because if you note the undeniable historical record, NOM president Brian Brown will accuse you of “character assassination, pure and simple“:
“Fight back”? Ha! That’s like the fabled wolf “fighting back” against the first two little pigs for forcing him to waste so much huff and puffery!
He wants to talk about Fruit Loops? EqualityNC will send State Rep Larry Brown an all-you-can-eat bonanza…
Over the years, you've no doubt heard plenty of derogatory language targeting the LGBT community. Equality NC supporters, volunteers, and staff are regularly the targets of such slurs, ranging from the unmentionable to the downright silly. (“Homosexualist activists” comes to mind.) And although some of these terms make us roll our eyes, the sentiment they represent is anything but funny.
Let's show Rep. Brown and all of our elected officials that anti-LGBT slurs–and the unfair and outdated beliefs that spur them–have no place in our discourse. And let's give Rep. Brown a tangible reminder of the people of our state who refuse to put up with such trash talk by sending him Froot Loops!
Yesterday in Manhattan, as part of The New Yorker Festival, pro-equality attorney David Boies, Log Cabin Republican president R. Clarke Cooper, Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, and long-suffering Carrie Bradshaw sounding board Miranda Hobbes (a.k.a Gifted actress and activist Cynthia Nixon) took on the responsibility of defending marriage equality in a world that still wastes time turning certain unions into a needlessly contentious matter. On the other side of the coin was National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown, a heterosexual person who continued to muddy the waters of fairness so that this overwrought issue continues to waste everyone’s time, even though it’s something that would not really affect his life, marriage, or family even one iota.
We’re not free to embed the whole shebang (which you can buy for yourself for just under 5 bucks). But we can show you a brief clip wherein Cynthia is forced to channel the same “ugh, what are you thinking?!” skills that she used when Carrie was carelessly sleeping with Big while he was still married to Natasha:
Both Lieberman/Levin say filibuster is biggest hurdle to NDAA. Lieberman: “I don’t think the votes are there.” #dadt
If the votes aren’t there, it means all the GOPers are going to vote to keep filibustering the Defense Authorization legislation next week.
In the Senate Armed Services Committee on May 27th, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Scott Brown (R-MA) voted for the Defense Authorization bill. The Armed Services Committee press release, with the roll call vote, is here. (It’s a pdf.) But, here’s the roll call on final passage in Committee: Collins voted for the DADT amendment in the Senate Armed Services Committee. And, Brown has said publicly that he will not filibuster the Defense Authorization bill over DADT.
Are Collins, Brown and the Republicans really going to put politics over support for the troops? The Defense Authorization bill is all about taking care of our troops, including pay raises and support. No matter how the Senate Republicans spin this, their filibuster is really based on homophobia and discrimination. That’s what Collins and Brown — and Snowe, Lugar, Voinovich — will be embracing. They need to stop playing procedural games with people’s lives.
We’ll see if Collins and Brown surrender the soldiers and their constituents to Mitch McConnell. That’s what they usually do.
Call your Senators, especially if you live in Maine or Massachusetts. The Senate switchboard is 202-224-3121.
And, check out this call to Brown’s office, courtesy of Lady Gaga. Brown’s staffer told the caller that he opposes DADT:
Earlier today, Servicemember United’s Alex Nicholson delivered a very strong message to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, which was sent via a post at The Hill. Based on what we learned this afternoon from Chris Johnson, it looks like Reid has stepped up. There will be a vote on the Defense Authorization bill, which includes the compromise DADT language.
The immediate hurdle is the filibuster promised by Senator John McCain. You may recall McCain’s temper tantrum on the Senate floor over DADT in July. He’s such a fraud.
In today’s post, Alex says the votes exist to overcome McCain’s filibuster:
Enough support for the bill currently exists to break a filibuster, so the attempts by Senator Reid’s office to blame Senator McCain for the delay falls flat. Senator McCain is the de facto leader of the those opposed repealing the DADT law, and he will surely try to impede progress on this bill. But the overwhelming majority of both Americans and U.S. senators oppose Senator McCain’s tactics, especially a filibuster, so there is simply no excuse for Senator Reid to delay a vote on NDAA any longer.
Delay happens now if the GOPers stick together to block the Defense bill.
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) already voted for DADT in the Senate Armed Services Committee. Scott Brown (R-MA) has stated publicly that he will not filibuster the Defense Authorization bill over DADT. Also, both Collins and Brown voted to pass the Defense bill out of committee (The Armed Services Committee press release is here. For some reason, that committee’s releases are pdfs)
We’ll see if these Collins and Brown cave to Mitch McConnell, which is what they usually do.
Virginia Democrat Jim Webb was the only Senator to oppose the DADT language in that committee. I can’t imagine Webb will filibuster this Defense bill over DADT.
Remember when NOM president Brian Brown, completely out of the blue, added yours truly to his Facebook “friends” list? Yea, well, an update: After I left one perfectly fair, in no way personal comment defending LGBT people against the typical misinformation, Brian removed me. No harm, since I never asked to be on his list anyway. And let’s get real: Do I really need to know how B-dog’s doing in Farmville or Bananagrams?
However, since I did comment that one time, I still get emails whenever people respond to what I say. Followup comments that say things like this:
(09-08) 16:53 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — The state Supreme Court dealt a setback to California’s ban on same-sex marriage today, refusing to order Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown to appeal a federal judge’s ruling striking down the voter-approved measure.
A state appeals court dismissed the [Pacific Justice Institute] suit without a hearing, and the state’s high court denied review today without comment.