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Key Quotes From Day 1 of Same-Sex Marriage Supreme Court Proceedings
Day 1: State Ballot Initiative (Proposition 8) [Hollingsworth v. Perry]
The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in the first of two gay marriage cases it is considering this week. Below are some notable quotes from members of the high court at today’s hearing:
MORE: Full audio and transcript of Tuesday’s arguments
Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy

“There’s substance to the point that sociological information is new. We have five years of information to weigh against 2,000 years of history or more.”

Associate Justice Elena Kagan

“Suppose a state said that, Because we think that the focus of marriage really should be on procreation, we are not going to give marriage licenses anymore to any couple where both people are over the age of 55. Would that be constitutional?”

Associate Justice Samuel Alito

“You want us to step in and render a decision based on an assessment of the effects of this institution which is newer than cellphones or the Internet? I mean we — we are not — we do not have the ability to see the future.”


Chief Justice John Roberts attends an event at Rice University in Houston on Oct. 17, 2012.(Photo: Cody Duty, AP)
Chief Justice John Roberts

“I’m not sure that it’s right to view this as excluding a particular group. When the institution of marriage developed historically, people didn’t get around and say, ‘Let’s have this institution, but let’s keep out homosexuals.’ The institution developed to serve purposes that, by their nature, didn’t include homosexual couples.”

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia

“When did it become unconstitutional to exclude homosexual couples from marriage? 1791? 1868, when the 14th Amendment was adopted?”

Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor

“Outside of the marriage context, can you think of any other rational basis, reason, for a state using sexual orientation as a factor in denying homosexuals benefits or imposing burdens on them? Is there any other rational decision-making that the government could make? Denying them a job, not granting them benefits of some sort, any other decision?”

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Key Quotes From Day 1 of Same-Sex Marriage Supreme Court Proceedings

Day 1: State Ballot Initiative (Proposition 8) [Hollingsworth v. Perry]

The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in the first of two gay marriage cases it is considering this week. Below are some notable quotes from members of the high court at today’s hearing:

MORE: Full audio and transcript of Tuesday’s arguments

Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy

“There’s substance to the point that sociological information is new. We have five years of information to weigh against 2,000 years of history or more.”

Associate Justice Elena Kagan

“Suppose a state said that, Because we think that the focus of marriage really should be on procreation, we are not going to give marriage licenses anymore to any couple where both people are over the age of 55. Would that be constitutional?”

Associate Justice Samuel Alito

“You want us to step in and render a decision based on an assessment of the effects of this institution which is newer than cellphones or the Internet? I mean we — we are not — we do not have the ability to see the future.”

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Chief Justice John Roberts attends an event at Rice University in Houston on Oct. 17, 2012.(Photo: Cody Duty, AP)

Chief Justice John Roberts

“I’m not sure that it’s right to view this as excluding a particular group. When the institution of marriage developed historically, people didn’t get around and say, ‘Let’s have this institution, but let’s keep out homosexuals.’ The institution developed to serve purposes that, by their nature, didn’t include homosexual couples.”

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia

“When did it become unconstitutional to exclude homosexual couples from marriage? 1791? 1868, when the 14th Amendment was adopted?”

Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor

“Outside of the marriage context, can you think of any other rational basis, reason, for a state using sexual orientation as a factor in denying homosexuals benefits or imposing burdens on them? Is there any other rational decision-making that the government could make? Denying them a job, not granting them benefits of some sort, any other decision?”

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Being unAmerican, Murder, Polygamy, Cruelty to Animals, Prostitution, Heroin Use, Incest, Adultery, Obscenity, Child Pornography and more…

  • 1996: Ron Portman co-sponsors Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage, even if performed in a state where it is legal
  • 1999: Votes against allowing same-sex couples to adopt children in Washington. D.C.
  • 2002: ACLU rates him at 7%, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record
  • 2004: Votes YES on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage nationwide, which would have nullified same-sex marriages in states which had legalized it
  • 2010: Says to let the military decide on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell instead of overturning it.
  • 2010: Tells the Christian Coalition that he still supports a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage nationwide
  • 2011: Ron Portman’s son tells him that he’s gay and would like to be able to get married someday.
  • 2013: Gay marriages for everybody!

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As it stands, it feels like giving a gold medal to someone for not spitting on homeless people.

I wish there was no disease or inequality; but since there will be I wish it all upon our Senators and Congressmen/women and their families. Because thats the only time things change. 

As the world waited for white smoke the Women’s Ordination Conference were in Rome with the women’s ordination worldwide. They were raising pink smoke to bring attention to the lack of women’s voices in the conclave and in the decision making of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Vatican is very much a monarchy, and has a seat at the U.N.; they make very important decisions that affect women on a global level. It’s more than a religion; it’s a government that affects the lives of millions of Catholic women around the world. Not just women who seek larger roles like ordination, girls who want to serve at the altar, women who’ve been divorced, lesbian women, reproductive healthcare, birth control, LGTB issues… They were against the Violence Against Women Act.

In 1994, Pope John Paul II closed officially any discussion on women’s ordination. People can be fired for discussing it. Lets hope is Pope Francis will open the doors just to discuss it.

A documentary film called Pink Smoke Over the Vatican is about the controversial movement of women seeking to be ordained as priests in the Roman Catholic Church.

During the military dictatorship in Argentina, the new pope openly criticized liberation theology’s combination of religious teachings and calls for social justice. When he was elevated to cardinal in Argentina, In 2010, he called the government’s legalization of gay marriage “an attempt to destroy God’s plan” and opposed adoption by gay couples

It’s not the kind of Catholic conservatism that you’re going to find in the United States, with this emphasis on the individual salvation… it’s much more socially loaded. [Probably] the most important point of Horacio Verbitsky’s work—is … [the] paradox between the kind of social conservatism and an opposition to social agenda that has been pretty successful during the last years is very important.

In Argentina 75% of people consider themselves Catholic. The last and most important decisions made by the Kirchner administration that Bergoglio opposed was the same marriage law—that is, matrimonio igualitario in Argentina, egalitarian marriage.

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Ten Republican U.S. senators — out of a total of 45 — have filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting congressional leaders in their defense of the Defense of Marriage Act.

The 10 are Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Dan Coats of Indiana, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Charles Grassley of Iowa, Richard Shelby of Alabama, and Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both of Mississippi, reports Equality on Trial.

The brief comes in the case of Windsor v. United States, which the U.S. Supreme Court will hear in March. As the Obama administration has declined to defend DOMA, the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, led by Republicans in the Senate and House, has taken up defense of the antigay law.

Those who signed on to the brief claim their support of DOMA, which prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, is not based on hostility to gays and lesbians. “There is no basis to equate support for the traditional definition of marriage with unconstitutional animus or ‘a bare congressional desire to harm a politically unpopular group,’” the brief says.

Later, it continues, “It is simply not irrational or bigoted to oppose the redefinition of marriage in a manner ‘unknown to history and tradition,’ to use the language of the court below. … To the contrary, when faced with a proposed fundamental redefinition of the institution of marriage, it would be irrational not to consider ‘American society’s historical view of a marriage as being between a man and a woman.’”

Read more here.

It should be criminal for a person elected to represent a diverse population to be so abusive with their power. Also, I’m sick of looking at old, white, rich men tell us what is or isn’t historical. There has ALWAYS been queer people, disabled people, people of color, oppression, sexism, racism, etc. Grow the fuck up. 

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How did Mothers and Others of Virginia begin? 

In December 2006, following the passage of the so-called “Marriage Amendment,” two Richmond mothers pledged to create an organization to fight for their children’s rights.  The amendment, approved by the majority of legislators in the General Assembly and ratified by voters in Virginia, denies LGBT citizens inherent rights guaranteed by our country’s Constitution.  

In January 2007, the two, Joyce Scher and Ellen Shelton, invited supportive friends and family members of LGBT persons to a luncheon discussion to share their plans and invite membership.  A steering committee was formed and began meeting weekly to create Mothers and Others of Virginia (MOVA). 

Today, MOVA is a grass roots organization combining the power of motherhood, family, friends and fair-minded people to secure equal rights for our beloved lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning children, relatives, and friends. We promote: 

  • * Emotionally healthy families by educating people about the need for legal recognition for committed intimate relationships between consenting adults and all other legal institutions that support marriage.
  • * Equal treatment for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity
  • * Standing up for justice whenever it is denied because of sexual orientation or gender identity
  • * Recognition of the overwhelming conclusion by the scientific community that sexual orientation and gender identification are not determined by choice but instead occur naturally in a variety of forms.
deancasstilesderek:

Let me tell you what is happening in this picture, because you’d think the pope is just blessing a random believer. But no.This picture was actually taken the day before yesterday and the Pope is blessing Rebecca Kadaga. Rebecca Kadaga is a politician from Uganda. She promised to pass a anti-gay bill, also known and internationally condamned as ‘Kill The Gays’, which would punish homosexuality with death penalty. She’d like it to be a ‘Christmas present’ to her country. You can sign the petitions against the bill here and here. 
But things got loud today, after the pope said that gay marriage “consists in an offense against human nature, a deep wound inflicted to justice and peace.” 
This resulted in the very first collective reaction from Italians against the homophobia and pure, blinded hate spread by the church.At the moment we’re trending #vergognasulpapa (shame on the pope) on Twitter and it is already the 4th top trend of the country.
They tell us Italy is a secular state, but it never acts like one. Many people are really sick and tired, but just as many follow the church’s ‘example’. 
Last month, Andrea, a 15 year old from Rome killed himself because bullies at school were making his life a living hell because they thought he was gay. The Vatican website ‘pontifex’ (same name the pope uses for his Twitter account) wrote an article and suggested that Andrea ‘should have been cured’.
We still don’t even have a law against homophobia.Please, join us! Use your own voice, spread the news, make a post, tweet #vergognasulpapa or write it in your own language…whatever you do, just don’t let this go unnoticed. 

deancasstilesderek:

Let me tell you what is happening in this picture, because you’d think the pope is just blessing a random believer. But no.
This picture was actually taken the day before yesterday and the Pope is blessing Rebecca Kadaga. 

Rebecca Kadaga is a politician from Uganda. She promised to pass a anti-gay bill, also known and internationally condamned as ‘Kill The Gays’, which would punish homosexuality with death penalty. She’d like it to be a ‘Christmas present’ to her country. You can sign the petitions against the bill here and here

But things got loud today, after the pope said that gay marriage “consists in an offense against human nature, a deep wound inflicted to justice and peace.” 

This resulted in the very first collective reaction from Italians against the homophobia and pure, blinded hate spread by the church.

At the moment we’re trending #vergognasulpapa (shame on the pope) on Twitter and it is already the 4th top trend of the country.

They tell us Italy is a secular state, but it never acts like one.
Many people are really sick and tired, but just as many follow the church’s ‘example’. 

Last month, Andrea, a 15 year old from Rome killed himself because bullies at school were making his life a living hell because they thought he was gay. 
The Vatican website ‘pontifex’ (same name the pope uses for his Twitter account) wrote an article and suggested that Andrea ‘should have been cured’.

We still don’t even have a law against homophobia.

Please, join us! Use your own voice, spread the news, make a post, tweet #vergognasulpapa or write it in your own language…whatever you do, just don’t let this go unnoticed. 

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womenwhokickass:

Christina Mavuma: Why she kicks ass
She is a trans activist from Botswana who is apart of the Rainbow Identity Association (RIA),  and works with Health Lens; a program that provides services to primary care practices and gives independent physicians an opportunity to engage in meaningful change. It has been described as a movement of change, helping to reshape the role of primary care, and to sustain the cognitive art of medicine. 
Her project is looking into transgender women and health care system. She was motivated by the fact that most trans women here cannot get formal jobs and therefore cannot afford private health care.
“So many trans women find it difficult to access health care from the state clinics or hospitals, as the doctors and nurses there are discriminatory and very judgmental, most painful thing is there are not knowledgeable to trans issues. Even though the services are available they are not user-friendly to the LGBTI community and matters worse for the transgender community as the medical cards are genderised blue card for boys and pink card for girls and this card is given to you after you produce identity card.”
The intended outcome of this project is to have doctors and nurses to treat all people with respect including trans or intersex people. It is meant to start dialogues between the doctors and the trans community.
She is also involved with The Exchange Program, which is a partnership between Gender DynamiX in South Africa and SIPD in Uganda. This program is aimed at capacitating emerging transgender activists in South Africa and the East African region. Participants get together twice annually to discuss relevant, burning issues on the agenda for the region.

womenwhokickass:

Christina Mavuma: Why she kicks ass

  • She is a trans activist from Botswana who is apart of the Rainbow Identity Association (RIA),  and works with Health Lens; a program that provides services to primary care practices and gives independent physicians an opportunity to engage in meaningful change. It has been described as a movement of change, helping to reshape the role of primary care, and to sustain the cognitive art of medicine. 
  • Her project is looking into transgender women and health care system. She was motivated by the fact that most trans women here cannot get formal jobs and therefore cannot afford private health care.
  • “So many trans women find it difficult to access health care from the state clinics or hospitals, as the doctors and nurses there are discriminatory and very judgmental, most painful thing is there are not knowledgeable to trans issues. Even though the services are available they are not user-friendly to the LGBTI community and matters worse for the transgender community as the medical cards are genderised blue card for boys and pink card for girls and this card is given to you after you produce identity card.”
  • The intended outcome of this project is to have doctors and nurses to treat all people with respect including trans or intersex people. It is meant to start dialogues between the doctors and the trans community.
  • She is also involved with The Exchange Program, which is a partnership between Gender DynamiX in South Africa and SIPD in Uganda. This program is aimed at capacitating emerging transgender activists in South Africa and the East African region. Participants get together twice annually to discuss relevant, burning issues on the agenda for the region.

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A homophobic hashtag was launched, #SignsYoSonIsGay, with the intention amassing an army of denigrating and “comical” slurs. Because homophobia is funny…

At first, it worked.

However, something amazing has occurred, thousands of individuals have countered the hate by simply playing along and flooding the hashtag with messages of positivity.

And those messages have virtually drowned out those who intended to spread their hate, turning the hastag on its head!

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‘That’s so gay’ - here are some alternatives to that sentence

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‘That’s so gay’ - here are some alternatives to that sentence

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Romney and Obama agree: the Boy Scouts should allow gay members.

Both could do more. Obama, for example, could resign as honorary president of the Boy Scouts. A former national board member of the Scouts, the Romney Campaign indicated he maintains the position he first made clear in 1994, but it would be cool if the man himself would make a statement to that effect.

Now the bad news… the Christians. Although is not only inaccurate and unfair, it can be harmful to those attacked by anti-LGBT, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-anyone-not-like-me individuals and groups.

But when people like Bryan Fischer are the loudest Christian’s the rest of the population need to stand up and take a stand or keep their mouth compliantly shut and be shamed for it. 

Fischer made GLAAD’s Commentator Accountability Project list well before now, for multiple reasons, including:

“The homosexual agenda represents the single greatest modern threat to freedom of religion and conscience.”

‘… they [gay people] are Nazis … . They’ll do the same thing to you that the Nazis did to their opponents in Nazi Germany.”

‘Islam is a totalitarian political ideology. It is as racist as the KKK. … Allowing a mosque to be built in town is fundamentally no different than granting a building permit to a KKK cultural center built in honor of some King Kleagle.’

- Fischer’s bullying prevention plan: ‘If We Want to See Fewer Students Commit Suicide, We Want Fewer Homosexual Students’

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A fourth openly gay nominee—one who has been fairly heavily involved in both gay and non-gay legal and political issues and who spent “hundreds of hours” doing pro bono work that led to the elimination of a gay ban on FBI agents—has gone before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. The nominee’s gay-related history prompted the only Republican in attendance on his confirmation hearing to label the nominee an “activist.”

“I am honored to nominate Michael Walter Fitzgerald to the United States District Court,” Obama said in a statement. “His impressive career stands as a testament to his formidable intellect and integrity. I am confident he will serve the people of California with distinction on the District Court bench.”

Obama has nominated more female, African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American and openly gay candidates as federal judges than Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George H.W. Bush. That includes two female Supreme Court justices, one of whom is the high court’s only Hispanic justice.

The numbers are particularly striking for Asian-American nominees. Obama has nominated half of the Asian-American federal judges currently on the bench.

After being nominated July 2012 The Senate confirmed Michael W. Fitzgerald as a federal trial judge for the region stretching from San Luis Obispo to Orange counties in California

You can read more about Judge McShane in a bio published by Mike Bloom of the Multnomah Bar Association.


SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS! (and he went to school right here in Portland, Or.!)

If you're willing to give your life to defend my rights, you can have sex with a pie, and I will heat it up for you.” - Wil Anderson

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