Texas congressman calls protesters who hurled anti-gay epithets 'polite, respectful'

A day after they screamed racist and anti-gay slurs at members of Congress, U.S. Rep. John Culberson, a Republican from Houston, praised Tea Party protesters as being “polite and respectful.” According to Media Matters, Culberson’s comments can be heard as he narrates the above video, which he reportedly shot yesterday from the steps of the Capitol. But Culberson wasn’t alone in defending the Tea Party protesters and trying to downplay their hateful actions. From Roll Call

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), a leading voice in the tea party movement, said Sunday that protesters’ recent use of racial and homophobic slurs toward Members of Congress was no big deal.

“I just don’t think it’s anything,” King said, emphasizing that the incidents were isolated. “There are a lot of places in this country that I couldn’t walk through. I wouldn’t live to get to the other end of it.”

To focus on a few incidents is “embellishing something that is determined to undermine the people,” said the Iowa conservative.

King’s remarks come a day after tea party protesters spat on Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) and shouted a racial slur at Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.); both are African-American. A protester also shouted a sexual slur at Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who is openly gay.

Another Republican lawmaker also brushed off the racial epithets and suggested they were prompted by the parliamentary maneuvers being used by Democrats to pass a health care bill.

“When you use a totalitarian tactics, people, you know, begin to act crazy,” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said Sunday on C-SPAN. “I think that people have every right to say what they want. If they want to smear someone, they can do it.”

Nunes added that the slurs were “not appropriate” but that he would “stop short of characterizing the 20,000 people protesting, that all of them were doing that.”

Update: A member of the Texas delegation is also suspected of yelling “baby killer” at Rep. Bart Stupak during last night’s debate, but The Dallas Morning News has been unable to determine who was responsible. Culberson has reportedly denied responsibility.

UPDATE NO. 2: Rep. Randy Neugebauer, a Republican from Lubbock, has admitted to the “baby killer” remark and apologized, The DMN reports. Neugebauer has issued an apology:

“Last night was the climax of weeks and months of debate on a health care bill that my constituents fear and do not support. In the heat and emotion of the debate, I exclaimed the phrase ‘it’s a baby killer’ in reference to the agreement reached by the Democratic leadership. While I remain heartbroken over the passage of this bill and the tragic consequences it will have for the unborn, I deeply regret that my actions were mistakenly interpreted as a direct reference to Congressman Stupak himself. I have apologized to Mr. Stupak and also apologize to my colleagues for the manner in which I expressed my disappointment about the bill. The House Chamber is a place of decorum and respect. The timing and tone of my comment last night was inappropriate.”

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Kirven arrested in D.C. protest

Chaz Kirven, right, was among the eight protesters who staged a sit-in Thursday in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's D.C. office, calling for passage of ENDA. Four, including Kirven, were arrested.
Chaz Kirven, right, was among the eight protesters who staged a sit-in Thursday in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s D.C. office, calling for passage of ENDA. Four, including Kirven, were arrested. (Photo e-mailed to Dallas Voice by Chaz Kirven)

Dallas activist C.D. (Chaz) Kirven was among the four activists arrested Thursday in Washington, D.C., when they staged a sit-in in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to demand passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit discrimination in employment against LGBT people.

The action in D.C. was part of a bi-coastal protest: Eight people participated in the sit-in at Pelosi’s D.C. office, and 11 more staged a sit-in in Pelosi’s offices in her home district in San Francisco. A total of ten people were arrested between the two protests.

Chaz sent me e-mails early this morning, after she was released from jail. She said her court date is set for April 6, and she and the other protesters need our support. She was also rallying support for Lt. Dan Choi, who had been discharged under the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Choi was arrested yesterday after chaining himself to the fence around the White House as part of a protest calling for the repeal of DADT.

We’re trying to get in touch with Chaz now and will have a more complete story online as soon as we can. But for now, read Kerry Eleveld’s report at Advocate.com.prazdnik-kharkov.comкак закрыть показ объявлений директ роботам

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Same-sex marriages begin in D.C.

Today is the first day for same-sex weddings in Washington, D.C. Couples were able to apply for licenses last week, but due to a mandatory waiting period, the licenses couldn’t be issued until today. Beginning at 9 a.m. Dallas time, the Human Rights Campaign is live-streaming some of the first same-sex wedding ceremonies in the nation’s capital. Watch by going here.online консультант на сайтоптимизация сайтов под ключевые запросы

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How to get married in D.C.

Now that the nation’s capital is legally recognizing same-sex marriages, are you thinking about heading to D.C. to tie the knot? Well if so, check out this information at About.com on “How to marry in D.C. for gay and lesbian couples.”

It includes such important info as how much a marriage license costs in Washington, D.C. ($35), how long you have to wait after getting a license to actually get married (three business days), whether you need a blood test (no), and more.online mobilesгугл контекстная реклама

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BREAKING: Gay marriage to take effect in nation's capital after court refuses to intervene

Same-sex marriage will take effect in Washington, D.C., tomorrow, after the U.S. Supreme Court turned down requests from opponents to stop the law, the Associated Press is reporting. While same-sex couples can begin applying for licenses on Wednesday, they’ll have to wait three business days to exchange vows. The Washington Post reports that the city’s marriage bureau is preparing for a flood of applications from same-sex couples.angry racer game onlinepr программа пример

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What does marriage equality cost?

Finance reports were released. Supporters of same-sex marriage outspent anti-gay bigots in Maine, according to the Nashua Telegraph in neighboring New Hampshire.

The pro-marriage side wasted $5.8 million trying to achieve equality. The anti-marriage side spent only $3.8 million to preserve discrimination against gays and lesbians.

In New Hampshire, marriage equality, which was signed into law last summer, goes into effect on Jan. 1.

In Washington, D.C., marriage equality was voted into law by an 11-2 majority by the city council.

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D.C. marriage vote today

The Washington, D.C. Council will vote today for the second time on a measure to legally recognize same-sex marriage there. The bill, introduced by openly gay Councilman David Catania,  passed easily on the first vote earlier this month, and is expected to pass easily again today.

Mayor Adrian Fenty is expected to sign the bill quickly, and it then goes to Congress for a 30-day review period.And then, unless someone in Congress manages to derail it, it becomes law.

The vote is expected to happen between 11 a.m. and noon, EST, which means it could happen any minute now.

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D.C. Council OKs same-sex marriage

The Washington, D.C., council has approved, by a vote of 11-2, a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the district, D.C. Agenda reports here. The bill still requires a second vote by the council later this year, and Mayor Adrian Fenty has pledged to sign it. The bill also faces a required review by Congress, where its fate is somewhat unclear. In any case, today’s vote is an important and much-needed victory for marriage equality in the wake of a devastating defeat in Maine a month ago.контент для сайта скачать бесплатнооптимизация веб сайта web

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Updates from Maine and Washington

According to the Washington Secretary of State Web site, the vote there on approving the “everything but marriage” domestic partnership law stands at 51.13 percent in favor, and 48.87 percent against. The Web site does not say what percentage of votes have been counted.

In Maine, according to the Bangor Daily News, the votes to repeal the same-sex marriage law stands at 52.34 percent in favor of repeal and 47.66 percent against repeal, with 78 percent of the precincts having reported. Note that the 78 percent figure reflects precincts reporting, not actual votes cast. Amond the 22 percent of precincts yet to be tallied are several large urban precincts with large numbers of votes, including several precincts in Portland and the surrounding suburbs.google adwords оплатараскрутка интернет магазин туристический

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Maine, Houston update

Okay. At 9:23 p.m. our time, The Bangor Daily News site is not responding. Probably overloaded. But the Web site for WMTW Channel 8 (ABC) in Portland, Maine, says that with 24 percent of the vote counted, the vote on gay marriage is a dead heat at 50 percent each.

And Harris County’s elections site says that Annise Parker has 30.06 percent of the vote, with 39.24 percent of the vote counted. Gene Locke is next with 26.09 percent.

Results from Washington state where they are voting on possible repealing the state’s “everything but marriage” domestic partnership law will be posted at the state elections site at 10 p.m. our time.он лайн консультанткомплексная оптимизация раскру тка сайта

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