9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday Clears the Way for Same-Sex Marriage to Resume

Friday, June 28, 2013

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The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday lifted its stay on an injunction and cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California.

State officials ordered California’s 58 counties to stop enforcing Proposition 8 and can now begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala D. Harris have pledged to block Proposition 8 across California, as the momentum for gay marriage is likely to hinder any further challenges.

County clerks who preside over marriages said they were ready for same-sex weddings. Marriage licenses already are gender-neutral in California and clerks began receiving calls on Wednesday from gay couples wanting to schedule appointments.

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times

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U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, a vile and cowardly relic from the Clinton years, was today struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

By a 5-4 vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy writing in the majority opinion said DOMA was unconstitutional:

“The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity. By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment.”

Justice Kennedy delivered the court’s majority opinion and was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. As expected, the dissenters were Justices John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas.

Today’s decision means that more than 100,000 gay and lesbian couples who are legally married will be able to take advantage of tax breaks, pension rights and some of the other 1,300 Federal benefits that are available to heterosexual married couples.

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Who Voted ‘YES’ and ‘NO’ on Manchin-Toomey Background Check Bill

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The fact that 90% of Americans support sensible background checks to own a gun was lost on the U.S. Senate yesterday. The senate by a vote of 54-46, including five Democrats, voted to kill the Manchin-Toomey Background Check bill.

Manchin-Toomey Background Check sought to expand background checks at gun shows and internet sales.

The measure was in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre when Adam Lanza, 20, shot twenty elementary school children and six adult staff member in a mass murder that rocked the nation to its core.

After the vote, President Obama, in a rare display of anger, called out Republicans and the NRA who had “willfully lied” about the background check proposal.

Democrats who voted against the bill include Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Max Baucus (MT), Mark Begich (AK) and Mark Pryor (AR).

Social media immediately erupted in a flurry of anger targeting the five Democrats with people posting “you’re fired” and “don’t think the NRA can save your job now.”

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Media courtesy of BosGuy.com

Posted in Corporate Greed, Democratic Scoundrels, Guns, International News, News, U.S. Senate | Tagged , , , , , , | 20 Comments

Two More Southern California Gay Men Die from Bacterial Meningitis

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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Map of Southern California showing counties with bacterial meningitis outbreak

Two more Southern California gay men have died from bacterial meningitis. The deaths follow the death a West Hollywood man who died last week.

Brett Shaad, 33, a West Hollywood attorney died Saturday night. Officials in West Hollywood quickly alerted the gay community to highly contagious and sometimes deadly infection.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation announced the of Rjay Spoon, 30, of downtown Los Angeles died on Dec. 16; and an unidentified 30-year-old San Diego State University student who lived in Chula Vista died on Dec. 10.

Adding to the fear of a potential outbreak is the fact that Shaad attended the White Party in Palm Springs, a dance party attracting thousands of gay men March 29 to April 1, the foundation said.

Casey Hayden, who was Rjay Spoon’s partner, said he woke up one night to find Spoon vomiting. Spoon’s symptoms puzzled doctors until it was too late, he said.

Hayden told reporters Tuesday:

“We went to the hospital and the first thing they said it was was a drug overdose. Then they said it was extremely advanced HIV, which was not the case. He was negative.”

The recent bacterial meningitis deaths in Southern California follow the deaths of at least seven New York City gay men who died from bacterial meningitis.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is offering free meningitis vaccines on Tuesday.

Bacterial meningitis is a preventable disease. There is no reason to die from this disease. The vaccine carries no live bacteria.

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Uruguay Becomes the 12th Nation in the World to Legalize Gay Marriage

Thursday, April 11, 2013

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National flag of the South American nation of Uruguay

With 71 of the 92 members of the Chamber of Deputies, Uruguay, voted to legalize gay marriage, making the South American country, the third in the Americas to do so.

Supporters of the law, who had filled the public seats in the legislative building, erupted in celebration Wednesday when the results were announced.

Sandwiched between Argentina and Brazil, and with a population of 3.3 million people, Uruguay becomes the 12th nation in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.

The vote makes Uruguay the third country in the Americas after Canada and Argentina to eliminate laws making marriage, adoption and other family rights exclusive to straight people.

SOURCE: ABC News

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GLAAD to Inexplicably Honor Bill Clinton

Thursday, April 4, 2013

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GLAAD, America’s leading gay Uncle Tom organization, will honor Bill Clinton with its Advocate for Change Award.

Despite signing both ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ (DADT) and the Defense of Marriage Act, (DOMA), cowardly actions designed to save his sinking presidency by throwing the gay community under the bus, Clinton will receive the prize from the champagne queers on April 20, 2013 in Los Angeles.

Scheduled to appear is Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence, NeNe Leakes and Thomas Roberts.

Clinton’s recent reversal on DOMA came courtesy of a Washington Post op-ed, that urged the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out the ban on same-sex marriage however, most noticeably absent in Clinton’s the op-ed piece was an apology for being a spineless punk.

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Hillary Clinton Returns to the Public Arena

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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Hillary Clinton Delivers Speech at the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards

Hillary Clinton has left the State Department but, if you thought she would return to a comfortable, private life in New Castle, NY, a home she shares with former president Bill Clinton, gardening and knitting, think again.

Last night, Hillary Clinton returned to the public stage with a speech to a cheering crowd of fans. Outside Washington’s Kennedy Center, 200 gathered to send her a not-so-subtle nudge toward 2016, waving placards and shouting “Ready for Hillary!”

Inside the venue, she shared the spotlight with Vice President Joe Biden, but it was clearly the Hillary Show. She spoke on behalf of the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards, an organization she founded to empowering women globally.

She received a long standing ovation from the 2,000 people packed into the Opera House to honor activists on women’s issues from around the globe. She did looked rested and her hair was shorter. She was no longer sporting the thick eyeglasses that she was forced to wear after suffering a concussion last December.

Vice President Joe Biden praised Ms. Clinton’s work on women’s rights, telling the enthusiastic crowd:

“There’s no woman like Hillary Clinton.”

On Friday, Clinton gives the keynote address at the star-studded Women in The World Summit, hosted by Newsweek/The Daily Beast. In three weeks, she will give her first paid speech at the National Multi-Housing Council in Dallas, TX and in the June, the Economic Club of Grand Rapids will honor her.

Last month, Clinton announced her support for gay marriage in an online video.

While Hillary Clinton said she has no plans to run for office, she hasn’t discouraged such talk. In fact, many of the smartest Washington insiders say it’s inevitable she will run for president in 2016.

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