Thursday, January 29, 2015
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
REPORT: Bryan Fischer Has Been FIRED By The American Family Association
this was at least part of it. There will be much speculation over the next few days. I'm betting that it didn't have to do with his anti-gay rants. I'm also betting there will still be screams of gaystapo! Homofascism! Whee!
UPDATE: This clip likely won't last on YouTube, but here's the first rip of tonight's report by Rachel Maddow. I'll replace this clip when it appears on MSNBC's site.
UPDATE II: A slightly longer but yet not-embeddable clip is now up on MSNBC.
UPDATE III: Fischer just tweeted this.
ALABAMA: Probate Judges Cave, Agree To Issue Marriage Licenses After Stay Ends
Via the Birmingham News:
The professional association of Alabama's probate judges said Wednesday it now is satisfied that a federal court order striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban applies to them. The Alabama Probate Judges Association had taken the position that the order Friday by U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. "Ginny" Granade in Mobile applied only to the two women who brought the suit and the Attorney General's Office, which was the named defendant.We need to start calling it the Hinkle Maneuver.
Lawyers for plaintiffs Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand, as well as same-sex marriage advocates and legal experts, roundly criticized that position. Earlier Wednesday, Granade released a "clarification" making clear that her ruling applied broadly statewide. The Probate Judges Association now is satisfied, as well. That means the final hope for opponents of same-sex marriage is that the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will agree to a request by the state to extend a "stay" Granade ordered delaying the ruling from taking effect until Feb. 9.
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore To Appear On Radio Show Of Tony Perkins
Sen. Lindsey Graham To AG Nominee Loretta Lynch: What's The Difference Between Gay Marriage And Polygamy?
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) got down to the nitty-gritty in the Senate Judiciary confirmation hearings for Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, asking Eric Holder’s potential replacement to explicate the constitutional difference between gay marriage and polygamy. “What’s the legal difference between a ban on same-sex marriage being unconstitutional but a ban on polygamy being constitutional? Could you try to articulate how one could be banned under the constitution and the other not?” “Well, senator, I have not been involved in the argument or analysis of the cases that have gone before the Supreme Court,” Lynch replied. “And I’m not comfortable undertaking legal analysis without having had the ability to undertake a review of the relevant facts and the precedent there. So I certainly would not be able to provide you with that analysis at this point in time, but I look forward to continuing the discussions with you.”The marriage bit is in the final minute of the clip below, but you might be interested in all of Graham's questioning.
Panti Bliss To Perform In New York City
grand-marshaled last year's St. Pat's For All Parade in Queens and she returns to New York City in June for two shows at the Irish Arts Center.
Join Ireland's High Queen, National Treasure, Performance Giant and Accidental Activist Panti in her smash hit comedy show, High Heels in Low Places. Panti Bliss landed herself in the middle of a media outrage named ''Pantigate'' that rocked Ireland in 2014. Soon after, she became a YouTube sensation when a speech she made about homophobia, described as ''the most eloquent Irish speech'' in almost 200 years by Irish Times’ columnist Fintan O'Toole, went viral, was broadcast around the world, debated in parliament and remixed by the Pet Shop Boys—sparking a powerful conversation about equality. High Heels in Low Places is her riotous stand-up show about life after ''Pantigate,'' which played to rave reviews and chock-a-block houses across Ireland. Critics called it ''Hilarious'' (Hotpress) and ''a wickedly funny evening'' (Irish Independent) with ''impeccable one-liners'' (The Evening Herald).RELATED: The Irish Arts Center will also host a fundraising concert for this year's St. Pat's For All Parade on February 27th. The parade is March 1st. (Tipped by JMG reader John)
SCOTUS Urged To Televise Marriage Case
In a letter to U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, the Coalition for Court Transparency today requested “that audio-visual coverage of oral arguments in the same-sex marriage cases be broadcast live, enabling the world to witness history as it happens.” “We hope that the Court takes this historic moment as an opportunity to move into a new era of openness by permitting live audio-visual coverage of the arguments in the same-sex marriage cases,” said Mickey H. Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association.Read their letter. Just two days ago Justice Antonin Scalia dismissed the idea.
In addition to the historical nature of the cases, the Coalition highlighted how this act of transparency could burnish the Court’s reputation. “In our modern era, an institution’s legitimacy is often driven by the public’s perception of its openness and transparency,” the letter said. “When decisions are made in cases that provoke strong emotions, transparency allows the public to be assured that the process was fair and that the institution is functioning properly. Simply put: televising the oral arguments will ultimately strengthen the public’s perception of the Court by imbuing its result with greater legitimacy.”
“Recent polling shows three-quarters of Americans support televising Supreme Court proceedings,” said Alex Armstrong, spokesperson for the Coalition. “Oral arguments in the upcoming marriage cases will be historic, and the whole nation will be eager to follow along. There’s no better time to turn on the cameras.”
WASHINGTON: Rare Strain Of Ocular Syphilis Leaves Two Men Blind
Via the Seattle Times:
Health officials are warning about an unusual cluster of syphilis infections that strike the eyes, with six cases reported in Washington state since mid-December, including four in King County. Two people have been blinded by the disease. That’s an unusually high number of cases of ocular syphilis, which affects fewer than one in every million people in the general population each year, according to Dr. Russell Van Gelder, chair of the ophthalmology department at the University of Washington. Even among people with syphilis, ocular disease is detected in perhaps 10 percent of patients, he added. The King County cases are all men, including three who report having sex with other men, the group most affected by syphilis in the region. Three are HIV-positive; people with HIV are often infected with syphilis, too.Local officials urge that MSM seek immediate attention for vision-related issues. (Tipped by JMG reader Bill)
CHILE: Civil Unions Are Now Law
A bill that would allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions in Chile on Wednesday received final approval in the South American country’s Congress. The Chilean Senate approved the measure by a 25-6 vote margin with three abstentions. The bill passed in the country’s House of Representatives by a 78-9 vote margin. “A historic step against discrimination and for the advancement of human rights has taken place today with the passage of the civil unions bill,” said the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation, a Chilean LGBT advocacy group, in a statement. President Michelle Bachelet has said she will sign the bill — under which unmarried heterosexual couples would also receive legal recognition — into law. Bachelet’s spokesperson, Álvaro Elizalde, on his Twitter page described Tuesday as a “historic day” in Chile.(Tipped by JMG reader Eduardo)
Andrew Sullivan To Stop Blogging
soon stop blogging.
I am saturated in digital life and I want to return to the actual world again. I’m a human being before I am a writer; and a writer before I am a blogger, and although it’s been a joy and a privilege to have helped pioneer a genuinely new form of writing, I yearn for other, older forms. I want to read again, slowly, carefully. I want to absorb a difficult book and walk around in my own thoughts with it for a while. I want to have an idea and let it slowly take shape, rather than be instantly blogged. I want to write long essays that can answer more deeply and subtly the many questions that the Dish years have presented to me. I want to write a book. [snip]Man, do I get this. Anybody who does live news blogging knows all too well the havoc this kind of work can wreak upon your personal life. Sure, there's great freedom to be able to work wherever you are and any time. But you also have to work wherever you are and at any time. I've blogged from trains, planes, buses, ferries, taxis, airports, "vacation" hotel rooms, and from the backseats of cars. I've angered and hurt close friends by leaving parties to update a breaking story or by turning down invitations because something is about to happen. (These days those invitations often close with a tart "if you can leave your computer.") I do love what I do, but yeah, I get you Andrew Sullivan. I've strongly disagreed with you on many occasions, but this, I get.
How do I say goodbye? How do I walk away from the best daily, hourly, readership a writer could ever have? It’s tough. In fact, it’s brutal. But I know you will understand. Because after all these years, I feel I have come to know you, even as you have come to see me, flaws and all. Some things are worth cherishing precisely because they are finite. Things cannot go on for ever. I learned this in my younger days: it isn’t how long you live that matters. What matters is what you do when you’re alive. And, man, is this place alive. When I write again, it will be for you, I hope – just in a different form. I need to decompress and get healthy for a while; but I won’t disappear as a writer. But this much I know: nothing will ever be like this again, which is why it has been so precious; and why it will always be a part of me, wherever I go; and why it is so hard to finish this sentence and publish this post.
ALABAMA: SPLC Files Judicial Ethics Complaint Against Judge Roy Moore
Southern Poverty Law Center:
The SPLC today filed a judicial ethics complaint against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore over his public statements urging the governor and Alabama judges to defy federal law and enforce Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriages. The complaint was filed with the Judicial Inquiry Commission of Alabama, which could recommend that Moore face ethics charges in the Alabama Court of the Judiciary. That court removed Moore from the office of chief justice 12 years ago after he refused to comply with a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building.It was the SPLC's 2003 complaint that first got Moore booted off the Alabama Supreme Court. He was reelected in 2012. Read the SPLC's complaint.
“Moore is once again wrapping himself in the Bible and thumbing his nose at the federal courts and federal law,” said SPLC President Richard Cohen. “As a private citizen, Moore is entitled to his views. But as the chief justice of Alabama, he has a responsibility to recognize the supremacy of federal law and to conform his conduct to the canons of judicial ethics.”
Moore vowed in the letter to stand with Gov. Robert Bentley to “stop judicial tyranny” following a federal judge’s ruling in Mobile last week that overturned the ban. The order is on hold until Feb. 9, but Moore’s letter encouraged probate judges to disobey it once it is in effect. The letter, which was written on state Supreme Court letterhead, was sent to the governor Tuesday and released to the media. In an interview with WSFA following the letter’s release, Moore threatened “a confrontation” with the federal courts.
ALABAMA: Federal Judge Clarifies Ruling, All Counties Must Issue Licenses
clarified her ruling from last Friday, stipulating that it does indeed apply to all Alabama counties.
A representative of the APJA reportedly stated that this court’s decision was limited to the same-sex couple that filed the case and that the only party who was enjoined from enforcing the laws in question was Attorney General Strange. Because the court has entered a stay of the Judgment in this case, neither the named Defendant, nor the Probate Courts in Alabama are currently required to follow or uphold the Judgment. However, if the stay is lifted, the Judgment in this case makes it clear that ALA. CONST. ART.I, § 36.03 and ALA.CODE § 30-1-19 are unconstitutional because they violate the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.Granade's clarification cites federal Judge Robert Hinkle's similar ruling in Florida.
History records no shortage of instances when state officials defied federal court orders on issues of federal constitutional law. Happily, there are many more instances when responsible officials followed the law, like it or not. Reasonable people can debate whether the ruling in this case was correct and who it binds. here should be no debate, however, on the question whether a clerk of court may follow the ruling, even for marriage-license applicants who are not parties to this case. And a clerk who chooses not to follow the ruling should take note: the governing statutes and rules of procedure allow individuals to intervene as plaintiffs in pending actions, allow certification of plaintiff and defendant classes, allow issuance of successive preliminary injunctions, and allow successful plaintiffs to recover costs and attorney's fees.BOOM. Pending a stay from the Eleventh Circuit Court, marriages will commence on Monday, February 9th upon the expiration of Granade's stay. (Tipped by JMG reader TJ)
Rand Paul Does Interview Over Snapchat
GoDaddy Yanks Super Bowl "Puppy" Ad
GoDaddy announced Tuesday night that it would be pulling a planned Super Bowl ad titled “Journey Home” from the game and replacing it with another commercial after viewers were outraged. In the ad, a puppy named Buddy falls out of the back of a truck and is separated from his family, but manages to travel through harsh conditions and find his way home. Buddy’s owner greets him with some heartbreaking news: “I’m so glad you made it home… because I just sold you on this website I built with GoDaddy.com.” Many viewers harshly criticized GoDaddy for promoting irresponsible breeding practices and the sale of animals. A Change.org petition to remove the ad from the Super Bowl has nearly 40,000 signatures by Tuesday evening.GoDaddy issued a statement today:
At the end of the day, our purpose at GoDaddy is to help small businesses around the world build a successful online presence. We hoped our ad would increase awareness of that cause. However, we underestimated the emotional response. And we heard that loud and clear. The net result? We are pulling the ad from the Super Bowl. You’ll still see us in the Big Game this year, and we hope it makes you laugh. Finally, rest assured, Buddy came to us from a reputable and loving breeder in California. He’s now part of the GoDaddy family as our Chief Companion Officer and he lives permanently with one of our longtime employees.PETA applauds:
“The sale of animals online and from pet stores and breeders should be roundly condemned, and it was today. GoDaddy did the right thing by swiftly promoting adoption. PETA’s message is that when you buy a dog from a pet store or a breeder, a dog in an animal shelter dies.”Look at me, agreeing with PETA.
Huckabee: Women At Fox Are Trashy
Mike Huckabee, whining about female staffers at Fox News. Huckabee ended his Fox News show earlier this month in anticipation of his run for president.
WND Has The Dan Savage Sadz
Joel Grey Comes Out At Age 82
Joel Grey, 82, formally coming out today in People Magazine.
It was different for a man of his generation. Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of noted actor-comedian Mickey Katz, Grey remembers "hearing the grownups talk in the next room, my mother included, talking derisively about 'fairies' and men being dragged off to jail and even worse for being who they were." At about the same time, he says, "I came to realize, along with being attracted to girls, I had similar feelings for boys." Grey didn't reveal his truth for many more years to come. He was married to actress Jo Wilder for 24 years, a period he calls "the happiest of my life." Together they have two children: actress Jennifer Grey and son James, a chef. "I feel very happy for my dad that he has come to a point in his life where he feels safe and comfortable enough to declare himself in a public way as a gay man," Jennifer tells PEOPLE.In 1966 Grey won a Tony for his performance in Cabaret and he took the Oscar for the same role in the 1973 movie version. He replaced Brad Davis in the lead role in the original Off Broadway production of The Normal Heart in 1985 and co-directed the play's Tony-winning 2011 revival.
Palin Jabs At Bill O'Reilly: My Candidacy Isn't Some Kind Of Reality Show
During his show, O’Reilly only briefly mentioned Palin in passing, along with Trump, saying she’ll have a very uphill climb in putting together the kind of serious national organization the other candidates have. Palin appeared on Fox just hours later, chatting with Sean Hannity about her 2016 ambitions. She spoke of conservative unity and admitted the right hasn’t been quite as united as it could be. And that’s when Palin observed that this is a problem on Fox News, which she described as “a quasi––or assumed––conservative outlet.” She brought up O’Reilly chuckling at her and Trump making things a “reality show” and said he can yuk it up if he wants, but “this is war.” Palin elaborated, “Hopefully the media, even the quasi-right side of the media, won’t be looking at this as some kind of reality show.”
ITALY: Rome Approves Civil Unions
"So I thank all the councilors and the councilors who voted for the registry, but also all those who have worked to make this historic milestone. I can not overemphasize also the symbolic value of the measure. Many Italian administrations, today, expect a national law that finally enshrines equal rights for all. Rome, by this example, hopes to help unlock the hesitations of legislators who, for too many years now, evading a full recognition of the legal and civil rights of all couples, regardless of their sexual orientation." - Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino, announcing the passage of civil unions today. [Via Google Translate] (Tipped by JMG reader Andrea)
GEORGIA: Marriage Case Put On Hold
Lambda Legal's brief:
Plaintiffs have conferred with counsel for Defendants Deborah Aderhold and Monica Fenton (“Defendants”) and are informed that those Defendants would seek at least four months of discovery were the case to proceed. Accordingly, Obergefell will be argued – and likely decided – well before the parties could finish discovery and then proceed to dispositive motions for the Court. Since Obergefell will likely significantly reshape the issues for discovery, and may decide this case, and given the discovery that Defendants believe is necessary, Plaintiffs believe that proceeding with the case before Obergefell is decided would not serve the interests of efficiency or judicial economy.
Harlem Hate Pastor: George H.W. Bush Has Had Anal Sex With One Hundred Men
And Then After They Opened It....
Idaho House Committee Hears Testimony On "Add The Words" LGBT Rights Bill
Overall, lawmakers were largely silent during the hearing, asking only a handful of follow up questions and withholding comments. The committee — made up some of the Statehouse's most conservative lawmakers and only a handful of Democrats— met twice Monday and expected to convene Tuesday morning to listen to testimony. Idaho's gay rights supporters not only face opposition among the state's staunchly conservative legislators but also from Idaho's deeply religious population. Some at the hearing testified on Monday that they fear the bill, commonly known as "Add the Words," will infringe on their rights as individuals and business owners. "Don't make laws that protect (against) laws against nature and sexual deviant acts," said Paul Thompson of Twin Falls. "Regardless of sexual orientation, it is a law that makes a mockery of all that is created and to our creator." State Rep. John McCrostie of Boise, currently Idaho's only openly gay state lawmaker, responded that he, too, was a Christian and asked if Thompson's beliefs were greater than his own. "I respect an individual's desire to want to live out their lives as they feel compelled to do so," Thompson said. "But I owe myself authority to the written word of God."Among those testifying was Family Research Council vice president Peter Sprigg, who has publicly declared that there should be "criminal sanctions against homosexual behavior." Sprigg's ugly anti-gay rant begins at the 45-minute mark in the clip below, but I recommend starting a couple of minutes earlier and listening to the story of a gay Idaho man. An excerpt from Sprigg:
"A business that places unfound prejudice" ahead of serving customers will be punished by the forces of the free market itself. There is no need to bring the heavy hand of government down upon it. We should have faith,that the people who know best how to run a business are the people who own and operate it -- not lawyers, government bureaucrats, or even legislators. And we should have respect for the freedom of businesses, schools, and non-profit organizations to hold to their own, deeply-held beliefs, and to act on such beliefs. Yet this bill would substitute the judgment of government officials for that of private businesses and organizations regarding what qualities or characteristics are most relevant to a particular job, and regarding how to operate their business."
Tony Perkins Applauds Judge Roy Moore
made that quite clear - explaining that this isn't an issue that the federal courts will resolve. Rather, he said, it 'raises serious, legitimate concerns about the propriety of federal court jurisdiction over the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment.' While some may accept same-sex marriage as they have abortion-on-demand, same-sex 'marriage' will never enjoy universal acceptance as the norm that natural marriage does. We've already seen a decline in public acceptance of same-sex 'marriage' as others have lost their freedoms of speech and religion. Those numbers will increase. If liberals honestly believe that Americans -- millions of whom turned out to protect natural marriage in law -- will stand by while the courts silence their voice, they're mistaken." - Hate group leader Tony Perkins, in an email which falsely claims that 33 states have had same-sex marriage "imposed by judges."
One Million Moms Vs Carl's Jr.
Just in via email:
Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, both owned by CKE Restaurants, are at it again by using sex to sell burgers. Their new ad is extremely inappropriate to air at any time, but especially while families are likely watching. Their "All-Natural" commercial will surely ruin family time once again. The commercial that will be shown at the Super Bowl features a woman who appears to be naked as she walks through a farmer’s market. This is as close to complete nudity as you can get because she appears to be nude until the end when she is in full view wearing a string bikini top and tiny shorts while eating a hamburger from Carl's Jr. The only indication of who sponsored this ad is in the final few seconds of the commercial. Carl's Jr. and Hardee's regularly bank on the sex sells philosophy. There is no need for a burger to be promoted by sex appeal, and this advertising ploy is why 1MM will not give up. TAKE ACTION: Please contact Carl's Jr. (CKE Restaurants) through our website and ask them to pull their Super Bowl ad immediately! Also encourage them to be more responsible next year if they choose to run ads during the Super Bowl again. If they would like our support, they must no longer air sexually explicit ads.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
NEBRASKA: Federal Judge Denies Motion To Stay Marriage Case Pending SCOTUS
A federal judge on Tuesday denied the state's motion to stay a lawsuit challenging Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriages and set a Feb. 19 hearing on a motion that would force the state to allow them while the case is pending. "Let it suffice to say that the State defendants have not made a sufficient showing that a delay in the outcome is necessary," Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon wrote. In November, seven same-sex couples sued Nebraska's governor, attorney general and other state officials, as well as Lancaster County Clerk Dan Nolte, seeking the right to marry in Nebraska or to have their marriages in other states recognized in Nebraska. Attorneys Susan Koenig of Dunne Divorce Law of Omaha and Amy Miller of the ACLU of Nebraska sought a preliminary injunction that, if successful, would force the state to grant the licenses, arguing that the couples' constitutional rights are being violated every day the state ban stands.RELATED: In 2005 Judge Bataillon struck down Nebraska's constitutional amendment which barred the recognition of same-sex marriages or civil unions from other states, becoming the first judge in US history to ever invalidate such a law on federal constitutional grounds. The following year the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed his ruling. Bataillon was appointed by Bill Clinton.
Christian Blogger: Satan Is Attacking Me Because I Refuse To Wear Leggings
A Christian blogger under fire for saying women who wear leggings inadvertently risk tempting members of the opposite sex, says that she and her husband are under attack from Satan. Oregon resident Veronica Partridge, 25, sparked a firestorm of criticism earlier this month when she said she had chosen to stop wearing leggings as pants in public to honor her Christian faith in a candid blog post that went viral. While supporters have praised the married mother of one for promoting modesty, her Facebook page has been flooded with criticism from people who say that her post promotes gender stereotypes and sexism. "I've had a lot of both positive and negative responses, probably more negative than positive ... it's definitely not what I was expecting," Partridge told The Christian Post exclusively.Satan's attacks, by the way, are coming in the form of Facebook comments.
American Family Association: Gays Are Possessed By Satan's Unvarnished Energy
HRC Slams LDS "Truce" On LGBT Rights
Via press release from the Human Rights Campaign:
“Symbolically, seeing the church leaders advocating so openly for these protections will no doubt be deeply meaningful to Mormon families with LGBT members, and provide encouragement to LGBT youth in the church,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “But, as a matter of public policy, it appears deeply flawed.” Doctors would still be allowed to deny medical care. Pharmacists would still be allowed to refuse to fill valid prescriptions. And landlords, as well as business operators, would still be allowed to reject LGBT people. All in the name of religion.My post on today's press conference by Mormon Church leaders is here.
“We share the church’s commitment to freedom of religion. We embrace the principles of the First Amendment and believe churches do and should have the right to make determinations about who fills their pews. But non-discrimination protections only function when they are applied equally,” Warbelow said. "It should be stated that there are countless LGBT Mormons, and Mormon allies, who support equality, not in spite of their faith but because of it."
The Mormon church in recent years has been adjusting its language around LGBT people to be kinder, more accepting. Today’s announcement reflected that, but falls far short of embracing full inclusion and equality for LGBT people. “All Americans should have the right to be employed, receive housing and services in environments free of discrimination,” Warbelow said. "We await the day the church embraces that fully, without any exceptions or exemptions.”
POLL: 7% Of All LGBTs Oppose Marriage Equality, 19% Of Gay Republicans Do Too
If you thought everyone in the LGBT community wanted gay marriage, you would be wrong. It's much more nuanced than that. A new chart from Pew, based on 2013 data, shows that 7 percent of LGBT Americans said they oppose same-sex marriage. And another 18 percent said they favor it, but that they didn't feel strongly. Perhaps most striking, 39 percent of the LGBT community said the marriage fight was taking focus off other issues of import to them. Opposition to gay marriage in the LGBT community, such as it exists, is driven by three groups: LGBT blacks, LGBT Republicans, and bisexual Americans. While 12 percent of the black LGBT community opposed gay marriage, nearly one in five (19 percent) Republicans did, too. Only 45 percent of LGBT Republicans said they strongly favored gay marriage -- the lowest of any group. Fifty-eight percent of LGBT blacks said they strongly favor it.Tony Perkins will surely rush out a fevered press release. (Tipped by JMG reader Homer)
Sam Smith Agrees To Pay Royalites To Tom Petty On Grammy-Nominated Hit
Tom Petty has been awarded a songwriting credit on Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” which bears a close resemblance to Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.” According to The Sun, the deal was settled out of court back in October, but is just coming to light now. Both Petty and singer/composer Jeff Lynne were given a 12.5% writing credit. The song’s full writing credit now lists Smith, Petty, Lynne, and Jimmy Napes as the songwriters. “When Sam’s track was originally released, it was clear to a lot of musicians that there were notable similarities between the tracks,” a source told NME. “After it was pointed out to Sam’s camp, they didn’t try to fight it and amicably dished out royalties. It wasn’t a deliberate thing, musicians are just inspired by other artists and Sam and his team were quick to hold up their hand when it was officially flagged.”For his part, Petty has said that he considers lawsuits in such situations, well, petty, once declaring that he'd only consider suing if someone "maliciously" stole one his songs note-for-note. In cases of "inspirational" copying, as seems be the situation with Sam Smith, Petty's attitude is "OK, good for you."
RELATED: Billboard reports that Petty isn't eligible to share Smith's possible Grammy.
"Since Lynne and Petty didn't do any new writing for this work, we are considering their original work to have been interpolated by Napier, Phillips and Smith for 'Stay With Me,'" says Bill Freimuth, the Recording Academy's senior vice president, awards. "Lynne and Petty will not be considered nominees nor will they be considered Grammy recipients, should the song win. Rather, they would be given certificates to honor their participation in the work, just as any other writers of sampled or interpolated work."
ABC Greenlights Dan Savage Sitcom
The untitled Savage comedy is a single-camera semi-autobiographical entry based on the LGBT activist/boundary-pushing columnist's life. It centers on a picture-perfect family that is turned upside down when the youngest son comes out of the closet. What seems like the end of their idyllic life turns out to be the beginning of a bright new chapter when everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real. Savage is responsible fororganizing the It Gets Better photo campaign following the passage of Prop. 8 and numerous other anti-gay legislation. Galavant, Trophy Wife and Don't Trust the B alum David Windsor and Casey Johnson will pen the script. Savage, Hypomania Content's Brian Pines and DiBonaventura Pictures Television's Dan McDermott will produce.The wingnuts will totally lose their minds.
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore Has The Same-Sex Marriage Sadz
Roy Moore, in a letter to Gov. Robert Benchley.
Moore's letter goes on to call on the Alabama legislature to issue a formal resolution which would demand that Congress convene a constitutional convention for the purpose of approving an amendment that would ban same-sex marriage nationwide. Moore's proposed amendment goes further than the one just introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz, which would limit marriage decisions to state legislatures.
Here's the text of Moore's amendment: "Nothing in the Constitution or in the constitution or laws of any state shall define or shall be construed to define marriage except as the union of one man and one woman and no other union shall be recognized with the legal incidents thereof in the United States or any place subject to their jurisdiction." (Tipped by JMG reader Jeremy)
PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: Moore was booted from office in 2003 for refusing to remove a copy of the Ten Commandments from his courtroom. He ran unsuccessfully for Alabama governor in 2006 and 2010 and was reelected as Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice in 2012. Upon his reelection, Moore handed over the leadership of the anti-gay group he founded to his wife, Kayla Moore. That group, the Foundation For Moral Law, filed a September 2014 SCOTUS brief in support of an Alabama woman who wants to prevent her late son's widower from inheriting his estate. That same month the Foundation For Moral Law called on SCOTUS justices Kagan and Ginsberg to recuse themselves from all same-sex marriage cases. In May 2014 Roy Moore declared that the First Amendment only applies to Christians.
ALABAMA: Another Win For Marriage
Read the ruling.
UPDATE: The plaintiffs didn't even have a lawyer. Has that ever happened before?
U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. "Ginny" Granade, who on Friday declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, ruled on Monday in favor of James Strawser and John Humphrey in a separate case. The Alabama Attorney General's Office immediately vowed to appeal. Humphrey, 38, said he did not have the highest level of confidence when he and Strawser filed the federal lawsuit in September. Alabama is a conservative state, he noted, and the couple did not even have a lawyer. "I am just ecstatically pleased. We didn't realize it would be so soon and did not even think she would consider it," Humphrey said. "This is the Bible Belt for Christ sake." As she did in a case involving Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand, Granade delayed the ruling in this case from taking effect until Feb. 9 to give the state a chance to try to persuade the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to block it until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a same-sex marriage case later this year.
So This Is A Thing
UTAH: LDS Church Backs LGBT Rights In Return For Stiffer Religion Carve-Outs
In at least one big and bruising culture-war battle, the Mormon church wants to call a partial truce. Convening a rare press conference on Tuesday at church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Mormon leaders pledged to support anti-discrimination laws for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people, as long the laws also protect the rights of religious groups. In exchange, the Mormon church wants gay rights advocates — and the government — to back off. “When religious people are publicly intimidated, retaliated against, forced from employment or made to suffer personal loss because they have raised their voice in the public square, donated to a cause or participated in an election, our democracy is the loser,” said Elder Dallin Oaks, a member of the church’s Quorum of Twelve Apostles. “Such tactics are every bit as wrong as denying access to employment, housing or public services because of race or gender.”At today's press conference Oaks cited Houston's subpoenaing of pastors as a recent example of Christians being oppressed. In 2009 the Mormon Church backed an LGBT rights ordinance in Salt Lake City and while they say they still oppose same-sex marriage, today's announcement is meant to indicate support for similar legislation elsewhere. With one condition.
UPDATE: Openly gay Utah state Sen. Jim Dabakis just sent us a statement.
"I am proud that the LDS Church has seen fit to lead the way in non-discrimination. As a religious institution, Mormons have had a long history of being the victims of discrimination and persecution. They understand more than most the value and strength of creating a civil society that judges people by the content of their character and their ability to do a job. Since serving as a Senator, and as the only LGBT member of the Utah legislature, I can say one of the joys of the job has been to meet and enjoy the company of LDS officials. I know that together, we can build a community that strongly protects religious organizations constitutional liberties and, in addition, creates a civil, respectful, nurturing culture where differences are honored and everyone feels welcome. Now, lets roll up our sleeves, get to work and pass a statewide Non-Discrimination Bill."Dabakis is the co-founder of Equality Utah. Hours after same-sex marriage became legal there in December 2013, he married his husband in a ceremony officiated by Salt Lake City's mayor.
Hate Pastor James Manning: Islamists Are Right To Execute Homosexuals
Harlem hate Pastor James David Manning appeared on Young Turks yesterday where he declared that Islamists are justified in executed homosexuals. Interestingly, Manning later confesses that he was "tempted by the gay lifestyle" during his time in a Florida prison. Oh, and Starbucks is still totally lacing their lattes with sodomite semen.
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Tweet Of The Day - Pam Geller
CANADA: Anti-Gay Crackpot Bill Whatcott Wins Defamation Suit Against CBC
has ordered Canada's national broadcaster to pay $30K to infamous anti-gay crackpot Bill Whatcott over a report on his distribution of anti-gay flyers which included the lyrics to a song titled "Kill The Homosexuals."
In 2011 the CBC aired a national report on Bill Whatcott as he took his appeal of a Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission decision to the Supreme Court of Canada. The news report included video shots of a flyer Whatcott distributed in Alberta that had the lyrics of a parody song titled “Kill the homosexuals.” In his ruling, Justice Richard Elson of Court of Queen’s Bench says the second page of the flyer had a paragraph explaining that Whatcott didn’t actually want to kill homosexuals — he wanted them to “repent of their sins and turn to Jesus Christ.” Whatcott argued the CBC defamed him when they showed the lyrics of the parody song, but did not show the statement on the next page, thereby making his views seem more extreme. The CBC had argued it provided no comment on the flyer and that taken in the context of the whole broadcast the video shots wouldn’t cause viewers to believe that Whatcott advocated killing homosexuals.Whatcott claims to be a former prostitute.
PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: Last year Whatcott and Porno Pete LaBarbera were arrested at a Canadian university after they refused to stop distributing anti-gay materials. When they returned for their trial in October, they preceded their court appearance by picketing the courthouse with anti-gay signs. They were found not guilty last month. Also last year Whatcott infiltrated Vancouver's pride parade under a false name and handed out fake condom packets which featured anti-gay screeds and a photo of an emaciated AIDS patient. In May last year Whatcott filed a complaint against a computer repair store which he claims refused him service on the basis of his religious beliefs.
Ben Carson Doubles Down On "Christians Might Poison Wedding Cakes" Comment
Tea Party darling Ben Carson appeared at the 2016 GOP Clown Car Revue on Sunday where he declared that if gay people don't stop asking for equality, Christians might start poisoning their wedding cakes. Yesterday Carson called critics of that comment "immature," adding, "Never make your waiter or your chef angry, because you don't know what they're gonna put in your food."
FRC Attacks SPLC (Again)
Via press release from the Family Research Council:
Last Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade issued a ruling in Searcy v. Strange holding that Alabama's marriage amendment was unconstitutional. Even though the SPLC did not represent the plaintiffs it issued a press release trumpeting the decision: "This historic ruling is a giant step toward full equality for LGBT people in Alabama and does not harm anyone." It turns out that the SPLC is trying to overturn Alabama's male-female definition of marriage in another case, Hard v. Bentley, in which it does represent the plaintiff.Like most anti-gay organizations, the FRC alternates between calling their hate group designation a "badge of honor" and screaming about how insulted they are about their hate group designation.
The crucial point here is for the American news media. The SPLC should not be allowed to play in the game and then be the umpire behind home plate. Yet, the press has overlooked SPLC's playing both roles in the same-sex marriage debate. The SPLC is clearly committed to a full-blown LGBT agenda. They have a right to do that. However, they should not then be permitted to defame their opponents for political advantage in an underhanded effort to fix, define, and destroy their opposition. The press needs to wise up here and recognize the SPLC's hate list for what it is -- a political weapon designed to give them what the truth does not -- an advantage.
Back To Almost Normal For NYC
Mayor de Blasio lifted the city-wide travel ban this morning after that devastating blizzard turned out to be just a bunch of stupid snow. There's about 7.8 inches in Central Park this morning—not the 24 inches or more that was expected—and current forecasts don't call for much more additional accumulation today. And there is certainly no reason to doubt those forecasts. The MTA is also resuming service system-wide this morning, but it's going to take hours for trains and buses to get back up to full speed. Staten Island Ferry service has resumed. Asked if officials overreacted to the storm, Cuomo reminded reporters of the huge snowstorm that crippled Buffalo in November—a storm that Cuomo said he underestimated. "You make big decision based on the best information you have," Cuomo said, adding, "I do not criticize weather forecasters."Cuomo also posited that taking the trains out of service and implementing a travel ban enabled the city to bounce back faster, because the roads were clear for plows to get through and trains weren't stranded. "If you tally it up, I don't know that this wasn't the most prudent course," Cuomo said.Most people still have the day off, of course.
Sign Language Guy Steals Storm Presser
stole the show at yesterday's conference on the blizzard, spawning a mini-meme on Twitter.
Mayor de Blasio took the impending blizzard seriously Monday — and so did his expressive sign language interpreter. Interpreter Jonathan Lamberton’s animated gestures and facial expressions got rave reviews on social media. “The sign language interpreter is incredibly animated . . . to the point where I am not really listening to de Blasio,” wrote Twitter user Laura Bedrossian. “De Blasio's sign language interpreter wins this press conference w/the best facial expressions ever.” Katie Halper chimed in: “You know who's NOT phoning it in? The sign language interpreter at @BilldeBlasio's Blizzard presser."He's rather hypnotic.
Lea DeLaria: Excuse My Butch Tears
Politico: Hillary Is Definitely In For 2016
Hillary Clinton is in the final stages of planning a presidential campaign that will most likely be launched in early April and has made decisions on most top posts, according to numerous Democrats in close contact with the Clintons and their aides. Campaign advisers say the likelihood of a campaign, long at 98 percent (she never really hesitated, according to one person close to her), went to 100 percent right after Christmas, when Clinton approved a preliminary budget and several key hires. Most of the top slots have been decided, with one notable exception: communications director, a job that is now the subject of intense lobbying and jockeying among some of the biggest names in Democratic politics. One top contender is White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri, who is close to likely campaign chairman John Podesta.According to the above-linked article, Clinton's formal announcement will come "after the end of this quarter." On the reported shortlist to be her running mate: Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Tim Kaine, Sen. Michael Bennet, Labor Secretary Tom Perez, and HUD Secretary Julian Castro.