Sunday, January 31, 2016

So which crazy GOPer does Log Cabin support?

Saturday the Log Cabin Republicans released a video of Hillary Clinton embracing marriage discrimination in 2002 and 2004. The end tag reads “Hillary Clinton: Wrong on Gay Rights When it Mattered.” Agreed. More than a decade ago, Hillary Clinton was wrong. So what? What is the point? I am not interested in her point of view in 2004. I am interested in he position now, when it really counts.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Liberty Counsel is defending Sandra Merritt - Behold the Bullshit

Photo of Sandra Merritt that was
on the altered California driver license
Sandra Merritt was David Daleiden's co-conspirator in attempting to frame Planned Parenthood for illegally trafficing in human tissue. Planned Parenthood was cleared while Sandra Merritt was charged with tampering with a government record (a driver license) which is a second-degree felony. She was using the name Susan Tennenbaum. Daleiden (who was also charged) is being represented by the Thomas More Society.  Merritt ended up with Liberty Counsel which is also representing her in the civil action. Liberty Counsel is an anti-gay hate group that has a propensity for losing cases. Their last high profile defendant, Kim Davis, ended up in the clink.

AFA: Beware the militant homosexual movement

Edie Windsor
Edie Windsor
 Friday in an email money-beg Tim Wildmon, head of the anti-gay hate group American Family Association, wants people to be afraid. Of course giving money to AFA is the solution to their fears. Among the things that should terrify people are “aggressive secularism,” “the militant homosexual movement” and, of course, “radical Islam.”

Austin Ruse exploits HIV to denigrate gay men

Austin Ruse
Friday, in Crisis Magazine, Austin Ruse writes “Their Sexual Proclivities Are Killing Them.” Mr. Ruse is not advocating the use of condoms and PrEP. Nor does he suggest abstinence. No, Ruse, through this mean spirited polemic, wants people to know that gay men are irresponsible sluts. Ruse's primary cause is to denigrate gay people. Ruse is also the leader of an anti-gay hate group, C-Fam. As a Defender of the Faith Mr. Ruse does not approve of gay people. I suspect that he is frustrated that we neither seek nor require his approval.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Tyson Fury has been the recipient of too many left hooks

The British Boxing Board of Control has decided that Tyson fury should not be banned from boxing for his anti-gay statements. The (IBF/WBA/WBO) heavyweight champion has repeatedly said that gay rights lead to the end of the world. I support his right to say whatever he wants, no matter how ignorant or spectacularly stupid. Civil people can react accordingly.

The BBBC stewards tried to explain that, as the heavyweight champion, he had certain responsibilities. Among those is not to be controversial. According to the BBBC:
He has assured the stewards that he understands the responsibilities upon and has expressed regret that he has caused offense to others, which was never his intention.
Then what was this schmuck's intent?

Homophobia on pause as "they" rush to the defense of David Daleiden

David Daleiden's altered driver license
Gay hate is on a very temporary pause as our opponents fall over themselves to express outrage over the indictment of David Daleiden.

In 2010 a bisexual project manager with the ACLU, Chris Hampton, wrote “Why Fred Phelps's Free Speech Rights Should Matter to Us All” (initially at Pam's House Blend). The ACLU championed Phelps' appeal of a jury verdict that they felt violated First Amendment principles. Ms. Hampton was correct. Irrespective of how odious Fred Phelps was, a more important principle was at issue.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Those bishops just love to meddle

The Vatican is not content to guide the actions of adherents. Somewhere along the line the Catholic Church decided that it should impose its teachings on everyone. Indeed, the bishops want laws and rules conformed to the Catechism.

The government of the Canadian province of Alberta has issued guidelines addressing the diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity. These reasonably represent the consensus of health and social science professionals. They were not pulled out of the nether regions of someone's anatomy.

Is Hawkins County an outlier or a microcosm of the Bible Belt?

Welcome to Tennessee ... unless you are gay

On Monday Morning the Hawkins County (TN) Commission resolved to ban same-sex marriage. The resolution passed 13-3 with three abstentions. The resolution has no legal effect. It is unconstitutional and illegal per se but those commissioners sent a powerful signal to the county's LGBT population. And it is not a love thy fellow man message. What, exactly, is the point of this symbolic resistance to what is the law of the land?

When one commissioner attempted to table the matter, the sponsor of the resolution, Commissioner B.D. Cradic, went into a lengthy biblical diatribe. Just a small sample:

I hate to break it to Rev. Steven Andrew but Obergefell is the law of the land

Steven Andrew
According to Pastor Steven Andrew, Mike Huckabee is the number one presidential candidate for traditional marriage because “Huckabee holds firm that same-sex marriage is not law because the Constitution says Congress makes laws not the Supreme Court.”

Huckabee does not really believe that to be the case. Huckabee likes to play the rube but he knows better. Marbury v. Madison has been the established precedent for over 200 years. The Supreme Court of the United States is the final arbiter of the Constitution. Obergefell v. Hodges represents the law of the land.

Looks like the IRS whacked Porno Pete - again

Peter LaBarbera can cite bible verses but he cannot seem to report his activities to the IRS on a timely basis. According to the Service the tax exemption of  Americans for Truth About Homosexuality was revoked on October 5, 2015 effective May 15, 2015. Not so much as a hint of the revocation on AFTAH's website.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

LifeSite News cannot cope

David Daleiden
David Daleiden
When I write about LifeSiteNews it usually pertains to their anti-gay hate site. Today is different. Today LifeSite is so outraged by events in Texas that – once again – cleared Planned Parenthood of wrongdoing while indicting the produces of those heavily edited and misleading videos that anti-choice zealots are so enamored with.

Many of the petitions that are started by organizations are merely fund raising tools. You add your name to the “petition” (which confirms your email address and zip code) and after clicking you get to the page asking for money.

Brown: "Why won't gay activists debate?"

I don't like to write about Michael Brown. He is a Jewish convert to ultra-conservative Christianity and a seemingly unbalanced crackpot. I am generally opposed to entertaining someone's personality disorder. For some reason Brown is obsessed with gay people. Apparently some Christians on the Faroe Islands invited him with the intent of having him debate some gay folks about same-sex marriage — something that their parliament is currently considering. Brown keeps whining that nobody will debate him. For context, as Wikipedia notes, the Islands are an antonymous country within the Danish Kingdom with a population of about 50 thousand. According to Brown:

Santorum: It's the media's fault

Surely Rick Santorum knows that he was not a serious contender for the Republican nomination for president. Right? Cynical me. I thought that this was all about the frothy mixture's speaking fees and maybe selling a book. Campaigns run on money. Who would spend money on Santorum? Other than being rabidly anti-gay, how does one appreciate Santorum?

Perhaps I was wrong.

Sounding like a serious candidate, Santorum unloaded on the liberal media. In a Facebook post, in part:

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Virginia Catholic Conference ensures that we will have to fight yet another license-to-discriminate bill

The Vatican was heavily invested in preventing gay couples – of all faiths – from marrying. They lost. Now the bishops have induced two Virginia Republicans, Senator Bill Carrico and Delegate Todd Gilbert, into introducing legislation that is becoming all too familiar. According to the AP, Jeff Caruso, executive director of the Virginia Catholic Conference, says the state must ensure that groups can put their beliefs into practice, without being punished for them.

Just how evil is Indiana Senate Bill 66?

Four hard-right Indiana state senators are once again trying to make Indiana a “right-to-discriminate” state. They are doing so through Senate Bill 66 (see bleow for full text) which would make just about all state and municipal LGBT non-discrimination ordinances unenforceable.

Gary Cass thinks that Right Wing Watch is part of SPLC

Gary Cass, head of the rabidly anti-gay Christian Anti-Defamation League is, once again, profoundly confused. In an email to supporters he writes:
All of the “tolerant” people over at Southern Poverty Law Center's "Right Wing Watch" (RWW) have once again set the bar for kindness, understanding and civility. Granted, they managed to set said bar two miles below the Earth's crust, on the outer precinct of the 7th Circle of Hell.

Heritage: 'Sexual Assault Victims Speak Out Against Washington’s Transgender Bathroom Policies'

Jim DeMint

The religious fundamentalists at Heritage Foundation (Jim DeMint on down) are opposed to transgender rights (if they even accept the fact that transgender people exist). In this case they do not like the transgender access laws in Washington State. Therefore, they have decided that they should corral victims of sexual assault who are (or can be persuaded to be) opposed to transgender rights bills for a piece in their Daily Signal blog titled: “Sexual Assault Victims Speak Out Against Washington’s Transgender Bathroom Policies.”

Friday, January 22, 2016

Tennessee nullification bill fails in committee

Tennessee welcomes you - unless you are gay

The Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act  has died in committee. The bill's author, Rep. Mark Pody claims that he and other Republicans in the Tennessee House will continue their efforts with a court challenge. He added:
I believe the committee members were all on board, and (I think) if the court case does not pan out, they would support this bill.
Just how dense is this guy? If the committee members were on board with something that is both unconstitutional and illegal; something that ignores over 200 years of precedent then they would not have killed the bill. What court case? If he attempts to mount one I suspect that I will be proven correct about Article III standing — something that Mr. Pody does not have. Pody is a life insurance guy. Does he even understand what standing means? He has to demonstrate how he has been injured by same-sex marriage and that reversing Obergefell is the only remedy. Go for it! God wants your expenditures.

RNS: Pope Francis met privately with Tim Cook at the Vatican this morning

Tim Cook
Well, this should create a shit storm on LifeSite News later in the day. Religion News Service reports:
The pontiff spent around 15 minutes in a private conversation with Cook on Friday (Jan. 22). Francis regularly meets with dignitaries at the Vatican, but the arrival of the Apple chief raised eyebrows particularly for its timing.
Every story about Mr. Cook causes me to ponder all of those right-wing crackpots with iPhones.

Tony Perkins seems determined to ensure that FRC remains a certified hate group

FRC Page Header
The Southern Poverty Law Center designates Family Research Council an anti-gay hate group. And for good cause. According to SPLC, FRC “is a fount of anti-gay propaganda.” The organization, led by Tony Perkins (a man with questionable ties to the Klan), focuses a great deal of time and energy denigrating LGBT citizens. In simple terms Mr. Perkins is an anti-gay bigot. He is also an anti-Semite but that's a different discussion.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Starbucks won the war on Christmas

Redesigned logo used from 2011-present.
Remember the BS that Starbucks' holiday coffee cups were not Christmasy enough to satisfy the conservative Christians. Christians vowed to take their business elsewhere. Well the caffeine giant reported today that US sales jumped 9% in the holiday (fourth) quarter.

Starbucks has been an outspoken champion for LGBT equality for years. This has made them a target for conservative ire but the company keeps growing and the stock has generally outpaced the Dow.

Sprigg seems to be doing what he suggests he cannot do

Peter Sprigg

Peter Sprigg is the goto guy for all things LGBT at the Family Research Council. Sprigg likes to spread his message through American Family Association's “news” blog. Family Research Council and American Family Association are both certified anti-gay hate groups. They seem quite determined to maintain that status.

Today's little masterpiece written by Charlie Butts (not his porn name) is about Vice President Biden, freedom of expression and some form of imagined persecution of Christians. It's always about … never mind.

Daily Caller editor oddly calls Title IX disclosures an anti-Christian witch hunt

Eric Owens, “Education Editor” at the Daily Caller writes “Gay Rights Group Lauds Obama Administration For Making Its Anti-Christian Witch Hunts Easier.” It is an interesting choice of words given that so-called witch hunts were conducted by Conservative Christians seeking people who existed only by virtue of the Christians' superstition. Owens demonstrates why his folks lost what they call the “culture war.” Yet he also shows us why we have work to do.

Head of Russian Orthodox Church blames gays for rise of ISIS

According to Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow (Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev)
head of the Russian Orthodox Church , the rise of ISIS can be attributed to the acceptance of homosexuality. Oh my.

According to an article in Christian Today, the religious leader claims that Muslims are now flocking to join ISIS because they want to escape the “godless civilization” that celebrates immorality such as gay pride parades.

ADF's international marriage discrimination campaign

Thursday, at (ultra-conservative Catholic) Witherspoon Institute's blog, we are informed that “Paul Coleman serves as senior counsel and deputy director of ADF International, where he specializes in international litigation with a focus on European law. He is also pivotal in developing an allied network of likeminded lawyers and organizations throughout Europe and abroad.” Who knew? It is in that vein that he offers a piece titled: “The UN’s Push for ‘Same-Sex Marriage’.” 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Follow-up: Brian Brown Caught Red Handed

Brian S. Brown

Some of you may recall this post on November 4, 2015. Brian Brown was boasting about how National Organization for Marriage was responsible for the defeat of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO):
NOM was a major financial contributor to the Campaign for Houston, the grassroots group that spearheaded the referendum, and we worked hard to organize our supporters all over the country to contribute directly to the campaign, and to get out to vote against the ordinance.

This is depressing: 10% of recent college grads think Judge Judy sits on the Supreme Court

College Graduates

According to the American Council of Trustees and Alumni recent college graduates are alarmingly ignorant with respect to American history and civics. ACTA leans free-market libertarian. Regardless of their politics they raise some serious questions with respect to recent college graduates:

HRC is probably energizing Mark Pody and his supporters

On Tuesday the Human Rights Campaign and the Tennessee Equality Project strongly condemned legislation gaining traction in Tennessee that attempts to defy the Supreme Court of the United States on marriage equality. Authored by God's agent, Representative Mark Pody, HB 1412, the so-called Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act (see below), would ban same-sex marriage in the state. It is unconstitutional per se.

Gallup: Satisfaction With Acceptance of Gays in U.S. at New High

According to a new Gallup poll, 60% of Americans are satisfied with the acceptance of gays in the United States. 16% of Americans want to see more acceptance while 14% want less acceptance.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Homosexuals are after Judge Roy Moore

Roy Moore

According to American Family Association's “news” blog:
Homosexual activists and their supporters want Alabama's Supreme Court chief justice thrown out of office.

Last summer, after the U.S. Supreme Court made homosexual "marriage" possible, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore ordered the state's probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Hannah Ford of Sanctity of Marriage Alabama tells OneNewsNow that opposition resumed last week when the judge reminded the probate judges of that ban.

The UK embarrasses USA on understanding of trans issues

Houses of Parliament
On January 14 the United Kingdom House of Commons released its first report on transgender equality.  The asylum known as the US House of Representatives is run by unbalanced Tea Party crackpots. No committee would ever issue a report like this. The United Kingdom does have a state religion. Apparently the Church of England does not have a stranglehold on parliamentary process. This requires no further comment from me. I am going to simply quote the summary. I have highlighted a few passages. Your highlights might be different:

IRD: Chastity creates a right to discriminate

Rick Plasterer, a staff writer at the Institute on Religion and Democracy, writes “Chastity: An Inseparable Part of Religious Freedom and Liberty of Conscience.” According to Plasterer humanity rightly “restricts sexual activity to that in the marriage of man and woman.” The objective of this orthodoxy is something more than religious purity in accordance with conservative Christian values. Mr. Plasterer is interested in discouraging LGBT non-discrimination laws.

LifeSite pitching a fit over Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots

Monday evening LifeSite News, an orthodox Catholic website went with “Catholic teacher takes class to see gay-themed ‘Kinky Boots’ for lesson in ‘diversity and acceptance’.” That sounds like a great idea to me and I am reasonably certain that Lynise Reedy is not the first teacher to take advantage of the opportunity.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Tony Perkins demonstrates - again - a complete lack of class

I received an email Saturday morning from Family Research Council, signed by Tony Perkins, titled: “Family Research Council Celebrates Release of Pastor Saeed Abedini and Americans Imprisoned by Iran.”. Therein Perkins writes (in part):
"Thank God! We celebrate with Naghmeh Abedini on the release of her husband Pastor Saeed Abedini.

"For over three years, millions of Americans and people around the world have made Pastor Abedini a focal point of their prayers and petitions. The news of his release is made even more special because today is January 16th which is commemorated as Religious Freedom Day in the United States.

"We are grateful to the members of Congress on both sides of the aisle who tirelessly advocated for the release of Pastor Abedini. Congress and the American people clearly made the difference in engaging the Obama administration to step up pressure on the Iranian government.

Friday, January 15, 2016

It's still (about 30%) harder to get hired if you are LGBT

Icon for Wikimedia project´s LGBT portal (Port...
 Check out this study. I'll quote the abstract:

The author reports on the first study to use an audit method to ascertain whether discrimination occurs against queer women (relative to straight women) when they apply to jobs in the United States. A field experiment was conducted in which a pair of fictitious women’s résumés were sent to apply to more than 800 administrative jobs from online job databases advertised by employers across four states. One woman’s résumé was randomly assigned leadership experience at a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) student organization to signal queer identity, while the other résumé, a control, was assigned experience at another progressive student organization. Results reveal that the women with the LGBT indicator on their résumés were discriminated against compared with the other women, receiving about 30 percent fewer callbacks.

Just how full of crap is Perkins when it comes to taking money?

Tony Perkins

Let us dissect an email that I received from Family Research Council promoting a mobile phone company know as Eos:
Your phone company has already decided who they will be supporting - Hillary Clinton. Between them the major phone companies have given hundreds of millions to elect more than 10,000 liberals to public office and they were large supporters of Hillary when she ran against Obama in 2008.

Unabashed bigotry on display

Others are wed to the belief that they have the right of approval as a precondition of our participation in society. They most certainly do not”.

Austin Ruse is a fervent Defender of the Faith. He also promotes some rather strange notions about gay people and he runs an anti-gay hate group, C-Fam. Today Ruse writes “They Are Not Everywhere, They Are Not Like Us” at Crisis Magazine, an orthodox Catholic outlet. It is an attack, a diatribe, an effort to denigrate gay citizens. Exactly why Mr. Ruse indulges in these displays of abject homophobia is not hard to understand. I'll get to that later. Mr. Ruse promotes hate. My friend, Jeremy Hooper believes that we should not use the word “bigot.” Sometimes it seems impossible not to.

Simple Christian Farmers - and bigots

Thursday, the New York State Supreme Court affirmed a ruling by the New York State Division of Human Rights that an upstate wedding venue discriminated against a gay couple by refusing their wedding. The case involves Liberty Ridge Farm and its owners, Robert and Cynthia Gifford who turned away a same-sex wedding in 2012. Their lawyers, ADF, have sought to portray the Giffords as simple Christian farmers who rent out their home from time-to-time for special events. One look at the Liberty Farm website belies that notion.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

What a shock - NOM takes credit for a statement by Governor Pence

I doubt that Governor Pence was terribly interested in one of National Organization for Marriage's petitions signed by people who do not reside in Indiana. They have removed the petition from ActRight rather than simply indicating that it was closed. I suspect that they did not want people to see how few signatures were on it or the rather lengthy comment thread. Nevertheless, in an email to supporters:

They have been told for years that same-sex marriage is the end of the world and now they believe it

End of the world

Reading the hundreds of feeds that I aggregate and touring religious conservative sites with one of my alter-egos, it has become abundantly clear that a section of society simply cannot accept the simple fact that the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges settles the issue absent a constitutional amendment. It is utter disbelief. Seemingly sane, intelligent people driven off a cliff to irrationality.

Gay "rights" in Russia will probably get worse next week

Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow (Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev)
head of the Russian Orthodox Church
On Wednesday the Putin government reported that the new national security strategy of Russia contains an expanded list of national interests. Among those interests is the preservation of traditional moral values. Moral values in Russia are often defined by the leaders of the Orthodox Church. Next week the Russian Federation is poised to introduce yet another offensive anti-gay law.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Yet another Witherspoon 'transgender people don't exist'

Wednesday, Dr. Margaret A. Hagen, a Professor of Psychology at Boston University, takes to Witherspoon's blog with “Transgenderism Has No Basis in Science or Law.” Witherspoon claims that she also has a JD but that is not on her curriculum vitae. Nevertheless, she might.

I have learned how to spot a religious objection to something from a 1,000 yard distance (and more). When it comes to transgender people it takes the form of referring to sex reassignment surgery as “mutilation.”

Mr. Brooks and Mr. Perkins

David Brooks and Tony Perkins

Two conservatives with very different views of America.

Tuesday, David Brooks of the New York Times wrote a piece titled The Brutalism of Ted Cruz. Last night, in response to President Obama's State of the Union address, Tony Perkins, head of Family Research Council, sent out an email titled Family Research Council: After 7 Years Under Pres. Obama, It's Time for Spiritual, Moral Renewal.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

And just what is pissing off NOM today?

Someone who is still on the payroll of National Organization for Marriage figured that they need to get all of their angst into a headline — just in case people won't read the text. That begat:

NOM Rips President Obama For Honoring Plaintiff Whose Case Redefined Marriage; Demands Empty Seat In Audience Honoring 50 Million Voters Whose Votes Were Stolen By US Supreme Court Ruling

FRC and Liberty Counsel are still pimping Kim Davis

Kim Davis and the Christians

Apparently Kim Davis, the embattled Kentucky country clerk, is still good for a dollar or two in donations to right wing hate groups. By now I thought that we would have “Kim Davis — The Book" with a foreword by Mat Staver. They are still probably searching for a ghostwriter. But I digress.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Gary Cass has a problem with words

Gary L. Cass
Gary L. Cass
I received an email this morning from Dr. Gary L. Cass from the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission who is intent on the nullification of the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. The email is titled “Nullification Gaining Momentum!”Cass' email subjects always end with an exclamation point.

Cass doesn't really have a PhD — at least not one from an institution with a U.S. Department of Education recognized accreditation. And the legal name of his organization is the Christian Anti-Defamation League. I guess at some point he realized that tacking Christian onto ADL was rather unoriginal and “commission” sounds so official. “Nullification” is another word that Mr. Cass has some problems with. The concept of nullifying laws that you do not like is both illegal and unconstitutional. It has no place in our system. 

National Organization for the Cause du Jour

National Organization for Marriage chimes in on Indiana today with “Petition Pence.” They seem to be most perturbed by transgender protections calling it a “bathroom bill.” Does any of this have anything to do with marriage?
 Unbelievably, Republican Governor Mike Pence of Indiana is considering endorsing a Bathroom Bill in Indiana that would ignore the reality of being male and female and allow men to use intimate facilities reserved for women and girls (bathrooms, showers, locker rooms, etc.) He's considering kowtowing to the radical left despite the overwhelming voter rejection of a similar proposal in Houston just a few weeks ago.
Brian Brown, president of whatever remains of NOM, is an ultra-orthodox Catholic. As such he does not believe that transgender people exist. Brown lives in a simplistic binary world. People are either male or female and they are all heterosexual.  Brown continues with the usual parade of horribles that never happen where these nondiscrimination laws are enacted. I doubt that Pence will be swayed by a petition signed  by people who are not residents of Indiana.

The Ryan & Robby Show

“Apparently, this does have an economic limit. The loss of a gay wedding or two is okay but the loss of some traditional marriages on top of that is not.”

Monday, Ryan T. Anderson and Robert P. George provide a polemic at their favorite outlet, the far right Witherspoon Institute's Public Discourse blog. Today's title is familiar territory for the ultra-orthodox Catholic version of Batman and Robin: “Liberty and SOGI Laws: An Impossible and Unsustainable ‘Compromise’.

In other words, our dynamic duo doesn't like laws protecting LGBT citizens from discrimination. Shocking I know. The subtitle reads:
Big Business and Big Law are using Big Government to impose their cultural values on small businesses and ordinary Americans. Indiana does not need to create new laws on sexual orientation or gender identity for people who identify as sexual minorities to be treated justly. The best way to protect all Hoosiers is for Indiana not to adopt a SOGI policy at all.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Oh dear, NOM has a "petition" in support of Roy Moore

Roy Moore

National Organization for Marriage has started a “petition” on Friday in support of Roy Moore. I thought that conservative Catholics did not masturbate.

It's not really a petition, of course, since it's not directed at anyone to take any specific action. It's just a silly show of support for a state elected official who has taken a legally untenable position. Indeed, as I wrote about earlier today, the state's probate judges – who officiate civil marriages – refuse gay couples at their peril.

In Alabama a reminder that bigotry can be expensive

Don Davis
Don Davis
Mobile County Commissioners expressed concerns Thursday about the county's mounting legal bills to defend Probate Judge Don Davis' refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Those legal bills currently exceed $300,000 and they continue to climb. Mr. Davis is defying the explicit order of a federal district court and he is denying constitutional rights to gay citizens and taxpayers according to the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.

Before you sympathize with Mr. Davis (okay, you probably don't) part of his job is to officiate civil marriages. Nevertheless, these people insist that we seek their approval. In reality, they have gone unhinged over the fact that their approval is neither sought nor required. “Just complete the paperwork, please.” Although not required of a probate judge, Davis has been a member of the bar since 2001. He has been in his current position since 2000. Perhaps he is due for a change.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Brian Brown in "Let's Pretend" mode

Roy Moore's little attention getter (and that's all it is) seems to have energized Brian Brown a tad. Brown is in “let's pretend” glory believing that states can actually nullify same-sex marriage. Brown is out with “NOM Hits the Airwaves in Response to Alabama Decision.

Brown highlights an interview with Megyn Kelly who is an attorney. Brown crazily asserted that state governments shouldn’t “kowtow to the Court or else we don’t have a democracy anymore,” Kelly finally couldn't take it anymore and interrupted him to explain.