July 1, 2013

At the request of California Attorney General Kamala Harris, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted its stay and allowed same-sex marriages to resume in that state on Friday, much quicker than expected. And the bigots cannot stand the idea of equality coming even three weeks sooner than necessary, so they’re trying to put a stop to it: (more…) Read more

July 1, 2013

Russ Douthat is a relatively rational conservative who accepts that same-sex marriage is pretty much inevitable. But in a post at the New York Times he argues that there still need to be protections for religious freedom — and pretends that how much protection there is will depend on the magnanimity of equality advocates. (more…) Read more

July 1, 2013

Here’s another great example of a disorderly conduct charge being used to do stomp on free speech, this time in Pennsylvania. A guy protesting Gov. Tom Corbett’s decision not to expand Medicaid wrote in chalk on the sidewalk, “Governor Corbett has health insurance, we should too.” The citation he received for disorderly conduct says he was arrested for writing a “derogatory remark about the governor on the sidewalk.” (more…) Read more

July 1, 2013

One of the many effects of Wednesday’s DOMA ruling is that it really puts the focus on those states that allow civil unions or domestic partnerships but not actual same-sex marriage (New Jersey, Illinois, Wisconsin, Oregon, Nevada, Hawaii and Colorado). Legal challenges in those states will certainly be filed, and if they’ve already been filed the case just became much stronger. (more…) Read more

June 30, 2013

Joseph Farah is predictably upset about the Supreme Court’s marriage equality rulings and he’s making sure all his followers know that the federal government will probably start rounding them up and throwing them into FEMA reeducation camps any minute now. (more…) Read more

June 30, 2013

I’ve never been a Nancy Pelosi fan by any stretch of the imagination, but I rather liked her response when asked about Michele Bachmann’s moronic statements about the Supreme Court’s marriage equality rulings on Wednesday. “Who cares?” she replied. Perfect. But the Worldnutdaily has their undies all bunched up over it. (more…) Read more

June 30, 2013

Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel and the Liberty University School of Law has been spinning so fast in the wake of the Supreme Court’s marriage equality rulings that he may well have dug a hole to China. In an interview with WND radio, he even says “This is the thing that revolutions are made of.” Oh, nonsense. The reaction from non-wingnuts is going to be a collective yawn. But he’s also spreading some manure around. (more…) Read more

June 30, 2013

Will Wilkinson notes a recent survey that shows that overwhelming majorities support all of the key elements of the immigration reform package being considered by Congress, including Republicans. 86% of Republicans, for example, support the path to citizenship. Then he provides an accurate explanation for what that has little to do with what Republican legislators are doing on it: (more…) Read more

June 30, 2013

Wednesday’s victories for equality in the two marriage cases are very important but they are also very limited. The DOMA ruling forces the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages performed in states that allow them but does nothing to overturn the bans on the practice in more than 30 states. Nor does the Prop 8 ruling. So where does the court go from here? All the way to equality, almost certainly, at some point in the future. (more…) Read more

June 29, 2013

Rep. Louis Gohmert wasn’t going to let Michele Bachmann get all the headlines for saying incredibly stupid things about the Supreme Court’s marriage equality rulings. He says those rulings will bring about the collapse of American civilization. (more…) Read more

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