Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Fifth Circuit Court: Obergefell Is Now The Law Of The Land, Don't Take It Lightly

The Fifth Circuit Court has finally issued its long-postponed ruling on the cases out of Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Will this drag the still-resisting counties into the light? Don't count on it.

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Extreme Marriage Sadz Meltdown

JMG reader Steven points us to this Queerty post:
Holy waterproof mascara! Elletsville, IN, resident Becky Wegner Rommel recently took a break from house cleaning to record a cellphone video about marriage equality, and it’s a real doozy to say the least. “This is a really sad day for me,” Rommel begins. “Everything that God created his church to be — as man as woman — Adam and Eve — Five justices decided that God was wrong!” What then follows are four and a half hilarious tear-filled minutes of regurgitated Fox News propaganda and a nonsense prayer about America’s decidedly secular founding fathers.

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Posted by Becky Wegner Rommel on Friday, 26 June 2015

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Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day to all of our JMG family in the north! Last year I said, "We make a lot of fun of you, but we also not-so-secretly want to be you." This year, we're a lot closer to that goal. Have a great 148th birthday, you don't look a day over 29. And thank you for Ryan Reynolds.

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Beyonce Celebrates SCOTUS: #LoveWins

This afternoon Beyonce posted an Instagram clip with this message: "Never too late. #LoveWins. ❤️." At this writing the clip has 760K likes and over 40K comments.

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Ted Cruz Auditions For The Simpsons

Via the AV Club:
The Germans, as they so often do, have a word for a highly specific, immediately recognizable sensation that nevertheless has no English-language equivalent. This particular word is fremdscham, the cringing secondhand embarrassment you feel when someone is obliviously making a fool of himself, and Ted Cruz has revealed himself to be a natural at generating it. The presidential candidate and Tea Party favorite did some of the worst Simpsons impressions you’ve ever heard for BuzzFeed, as part of a mock audition to replace departing cast member Harry Shearer. Nitpickers might point out that Shearer didn’t voice Homer or Lisa Simpson, but that doesn’t stop Cruz. In just over one extremely painful to watch minute, Cruz appears dead set on developing counter-evidence to a separate BuzzFeed piece about his supposed savvy at viral campaign strategy. According to that article, Cruz and his team agreed to do the video on the fly and had just a few minutes to go over the script, which definitely checks out once you’ve seen the impressions. Still, neither his Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Homer, Lisa, nor Kang-as-Bill Clinton manages to be quite as fremdscham-inducing as his rendition of “Amazing Grace,” so there is that.
Kang said it best.

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Harlem Hate Pastor James David Manning: I'm Gonna Flush Homo Demons To Hell

Somebody needs to remix this a la "eat da poo poo."

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Matt Barber Columnist: All Gay-Friendly Christians Must Also Be Executed

"Many claiming Christians will express their support for the sodomites, and they many times will bring up the 'love of Christ' to vindicate their support for them. Let us remind such people that no where in Scripture is evil tolerated simply because it does not physically or directly harm someone, or because it is private. In fact, Christianity is so much against allowing private deviancy, that it says that those who 'approve of those who practice them' are 'worthy of death' (Romans 1:32). This means that opinions expressed in favor for homosexuality and other deviancies (such as cannibalism), are worthy of capital punishment. This purely illustrates that Christianity is so much against the license to do evil — even if it is done in private — that it prohibits any approval of it." - Theodore Shoebat, who yesterday called for Christians to burn the "fag flag."

RELATED: The above-linked post is from Shoebat's site. He and his father Walid Shoebat are regular contributors to Matt Barber's BarbWire. In April 2015 Theodore Shoebat called for executing all gay people.

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One Million Moms Vs PBS

One Million Moms is ever so pissing about Growing Up Trans, which debuted last night on PBS.
Obviously, PBS is attempting to desensitize America's youth by airing a program starring children. This alone will entice kids to watch. The show is attempting to normalize the transgender lifestyle and make it appear OK while using young cast members to lure a young audience. Many families have already discovered that PBS is anything but family-friendly. But 1MM thought a warning should still be sent out for anyone who continues to watch the channel. PBS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies heavily on donations from sponsors. Take Action" Please use the information 1MM has provided to contact PBS concerning "Growing Up Trans" and strongly encourage PBS to drop all plans to air this program. Let them also know you are prepared to join thousands of other voices in urging sponsors to no longer financially support PBS.

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Marriage Sadz From John Hagee: God Owes An Apology To Sodom & Gomorrah

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MISSISSIPPI: County Clerk Resigns Rather Than Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

"I choose to obey God rather than man. I am a follower of Christ and I believe strongly that the Bible is my final authority. The Bible teaches that a marriage is to be between a man and a woman. Therefore, because of the recent ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court, I can no longer fulfill my duties as Circuit Clerk and issue marriage licenses to same sex couples." - Linda Barnette, in a letter to the board of supervisors for Grenada County, Mississippi.

Todd Starnes interviewed her pastor:
"I applaud her as a brother in Christ,” he said. “Her testimony to the Lord is more important to her than serving man.” The Mississippi pastor suspects she will be the first of many to lose their jobs because of their Christian faith. “Political propagandists want to force Christians who do not agree with the liberal mindset out of office,” he said. I asked Pastor Robertson if he was concerned about LGBT activists coming after Christian ministers. His response was rather interesting. “I pray that I am targeted,” he said. “I will use the statement Joshua made many years ago. As for me and my house – we will serve the Lord.” Amen, pastor. Amen!
(Tipped by JMG reader Aaron)

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Kids Explain Gay Marriage

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REPORT: Victim To Sue Josh Duggar

The scoops keep coming from InTouch:
A non-Duggar family molestation victim is preparing to file a civil suit against Josh Duggar, sources tell In Touch magazine exclusively in the new issue on newsstands today. The shocking development means that Josh and his parents Jim Bob and Michelle could be forced to give depositions and testify about Josh’s molestation scandal. The Duggars likely will have to answer every question as they will not be able to invoke their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination because the criminal statute of limitations has expired. The family is once again under investigation the Department of Human Services and the fate of their reality show 19 Kids and Counting is still undecided. The impending lawsuit sets up a nightmare scenario for TLC: if the network brings back 19 Kids and Counting, the show could be on the air while the Duggars are fighting a lawsuit that exposes all of Josh’s secrets surrounding the molestations and how the family covered it up.
Under Arkansas law, civil suits are allowed even when the statute of limitations prevents criminal charges.

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Meltdown In Teabagistan

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Disclosure - Holding On

Stereogum recaps:
Last week, Disclosure dropped a trailer for what seemed to be an elaborate short film or music video from their upcoming sophomore album Caracal. Now, in a series of tweets, the brothers Lawrence just confirmed that it’s actually a sequence of four music videos that will make up one complete short film. Along with the announcement, they shared the first clip in the sequence, set to the album’s Gregory Porter-featuring first single “Holding On.” Shot in Mexico City, the video is set in a dystopian future police state and elliptically begins the story of a woman named Mariela who maybe has special powers and definitely seems to be society’s last hope.

RELATED: Sam Smith got his big break when he was featured on Disclosure's monster 2012 hit Latch.

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US And Cuba To Open Embassies

Via Yahoo News:
U.S. President Barack Obama affirmed to Cuban President Raul Castro their decision to restore diplomatic relations and said the former Cold War enemies could reopen embassies in each other's capitals beginning July 20, the Caribbean country said on Wednesday. Cuba's foreign ministry cited a letter, which Obama addressed to Castro, that it received from the senior U.S. diplomat in Havana. Following 18 months of secret negotiations brokered by Pope Francis and Canada, the two leaders announced separately but simultaneously in December that they planned to reopen embassies in each other's capitals and normalize relations. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected at a flag-raising ceremony in Havana later this month, when the U.S. interests section will become a full embassy. Cuba's mission in Washington will undergo a similar upgrade.

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Tennessee Store: No Gays Allowed

A hardware store in Tennessee says gay people are not allowed in the building.
Jeff Amyx, who owns Amyx Hardware & Roofing Supplies in Grainger County, added the 'No Gays Allowed' sign because gay and lesbian couples are against his religion. Amyx, who is also a baptist minister, said he realized Monday morning that homosexual people are not afraid to stand for what they believe in. He said it showed him that Christian people should be brave enough to stand for what they believe in. "They gladly stand for what they believe in, why can't I? They believe their way is right, I believe it's wrong. But yet I'm going to take more persecution than them because I'm standing for what I believe in," Amyx said. He said he has no plans to take the sign down.
If tradition holds, there will be a million shitty Yelp reviews followed by alleged death threats and a GoFundMe campaign. And then the martyr tour with the Family Duggar Research Duggar Council Duggar Duggar. (Tipped by JMG reader Keith)

RELATED:  Tennessee does not protect its LGBT residents from business discrimination. LGBT-inclusive public accommodation protections have been enacted by the cities of Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, and Davidson County.

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Bilerico Project Calls It Quits

Long-running LGBT group blog The Bilerico Project has called it quits after eleven years. Founder Bil Browning writes:
Projects are meant to be temporary and so was Bilerico Project. After more than a decade, it's time to wrap up our experiment. The media landscape has changed dramatically over the past decade and so have our lives and the LGBT movement itself. It's time to turn the page and start something fresh in this new environment. My first post in 2004 was a quote from Margaret Meade. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." I think we've done our part to make the world a better place. This will be my last post on Bilerico Project. The site will be archived at bilericoproject.com so that all 31,000+ posts will still be available for readers. It's been a long strange journey and I've loved every single moment of it, but the time has come to end the project and call it a success.
In the early years of this here website thingy, there were only a handful of us doing LGBT news aggregation and commentary before behemoths like Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, and other major sites launched LGBT verticals. Bilerico now joins Mike Rogers, Pam Spauding, Andrew Sullivan, and John Aravosis in LGBT blogging history. Hail to the independents.

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Macy's Dumps Trump

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US Virgin Islands Fall In Line

The Virgin Islands have become the final US territory to comply with SCOTUS.
Governor Kenneth Mapp has announced that he’s currently working on an executive order to direct government agencies and departments to follow the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. Mapp made the announcement during a Tuesday morning press conference at Government House, stating that upon taking office in January, he swore to uphold the laws of the land. “The Government of the Virgin Islands as a civil society can no longer discriminate on marriage,” Mapp said. “The nation has arrived, pursuant to the Supreme Court’s ruling, at full marriage equality — when two consenting adults appear for a marriage license and apply for that license, civil society is required to respond. And so persons of the same-sex can be married in the U.S. Virgin Islands.” The governor stressed that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling does not force churches and ministers to perform same-sex or any other kind of marriage, however as the territory’s leader, he must abide by the law.
The territory has a population of 106K.

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TEXAS: Half Of Counties Still Holding Out

About half of the 254 Texas counties are not yet issuing same-sex marriage licenses, citing excuses such as "religious liberty" and not having the correct forms. The Dallas Morning News is running an interactive map. (Tipped by JMG reader Bryan)

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NYC St. Patrick's Parade Head Ousted Over Opposition To Gay Participation

Irish Central reports:
John Dunleavy is out as chairman of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade, sources have told the Irish Voice and IrishCentral. A meeting of the parade officers and board members on Tuesday afternoon resulted in the ouster of Dunleavy, 78, in a move expected after the Irish Voice reported last month that Dunleavy said gay groups would “have a problem” marching in next year’s event. It is not yet known who will replace Dunleavy as chairman. Dunleavy was also offering the TV rights to the march to other local networks, in retaliation at NBC for being part of a compromise that allowed OUT@NBCUniversal to march behind its own banner this year. OUT is the network’s LGBT support group, and their participation marked the first time that a gay group marched up Fifth Avenue under its own banner.
Dunleavy's most likely replacement is current vice-chair John Lahey, who supports adding one more LGBT group for the 2016 parade. The parade lost major sponsors in recent years over the gay issue although Guinness Beer returned for the 2015 parade after the inclusion of the NBC group. Last year we learned that Catholic League blowhard Bill Donohue was campaigning to succeed Dunleavy, but obviously that will not happen now.

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AUSTRALIA: Parliament Might Hold Free Vote On Same-Sex Marriage In August

Via Reuters:
Australia will soon decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage under a cross-party bill which may allow parliament members to vote according to their conscience, rather than along party lines, media reported on Wednesday. The debate over whether to follow countries like the United States and Ireland in recognizing same-sex marriage has strained relations between Australia's socially conservative Catholic Prime Minister Tony Abbott and members of his Liberal Party in favor of the change. A cross-party bill, sponsored by two Liberal Party lawmakers is expected to go to the federal parliament on Aug. 11, Sky News Australia said. There is speculation that Abbott may appease his own party members by allowing them the freedom to vote independently, in recognition that they favor the legislation. Abbott's sister is engaged to a woman and has called for bipartisan agreement.
The first day of spring in the southern hemisphere is September 23rd.

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Trump Sues Univision For $500M, Mexico And Thomas Roberts Pull Out Of Pageant

For once Donald Trump has followed through with a lawsuit threat:
Donald Trump, a Republican presidential candidate, is suing Univision. The Spanish-language TV network dropped its coverage of Miss USA and Miss Universe — two beauty pageants that Trump co-owns — because of Trump's remarks about Mexican immigrants during his presidential campaign announcement on June 16. NBCUniversal also dropped the pageant programming. NPR's Andrew Limbong reports that Trump is seeking $500 million, and that in the suit, Trump claims Univision is attempting to suppress his freedom of speech. Here's an excerpt from The Trump Organization's statement: "Under the contract, Univision is required to broadcast the pageant live on television in Spanish. While Univision claims its decision came solely in response to comments by Mr. Trump during a June 16 campaign speech announcing his candidacy for President of the United States, the decision was, in reality, a politically motivated attempt to suppress Mr. Trump's freedom of speech under the First Amendment as he begins to campaign for the nation's presidency."
Mexico has pulled out of the pageant.
The Mexican media company Televisa said it will not have a representative in the next Miss Universe pageant. Trump is a partial owner of the Miss Universe Organization, which oversees both the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants. Televisa and former Miss Universe Lupita Jones help run Nuestra Belleza Mexico, a national pageant that determines the country's contestant for Miss Universe. Jones lashed out at Trump for his "racist comments." "As a Mexican I feel very offended and outraged, like everyone else - as Miss Universe I think Donald Trump is harming the organization," she wrote on Twitter.
Pageant host Thomas Roberts, who was heavily criticized for hosting the 2013 pageant when it was held in Russia, has also pulled out as has co-host Cheryl Burke. On Monday NBC announced it will not air either Miss Universe or Miss USA, which takes place in Baton Rouge on July 11th despite the lack of a broadcasting partner.

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First Grader Faces Down Street Preacher

"Zea faces down a fire and brimstone street preacher, at a festival in Columbus, the day after the SCOTUS marriage equality ruling." 230K views already.

(Tipped by JMG reader Ray)

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AdWeek Slams Catholic Vote Clip: Galling And Meant To Marginalize LGBT People

In the comments of the post below this one, JMG reader Sam points us to this takedown of Catholic Vote by AdWeek:
About halfway through this two-and-a-half-minute film from conservative nonprofit the Catholic Vote, its treacly, overlystylized message becomes clear. These Catholics are nervous about revealing their stance on same-sex marriage because they're (spoiler alert!) against it. That stance is nothing new. And everyone is entitled to their opinion, as long as it doesn't lead to legislation that discriminates. No, what's galling about the ad is its appropriation of LGBTQ themes to marginalize LGBTQ people. The ad, with a straight face, position Catholics as a persecuted group for not having their message of intolerance (here blatantly recast as its opposite) widely accepted these days. It even plays like a coming-out video for Catholics who are afraid to take the "brave" step of voicing their objection to equality. That's a pretty audacious tactic—disingenuous and disrespectful, to say the least.
The comments there are very active.

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A Response To Catholic Vote

A few days ago Catholic Vote went viral with a video which declared that they are no longer afraid to say that they don't like gay people. Here's a response clip.

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Sandy Rios: White House Rainbow Lights Will Increase Acts Of Terrorism


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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Headline Of The Day

Via Media Matters:
On June 26, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that the Fourteenth Amendment requires that states issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. Conservative media and the National Rifle Association (NRA) quickly seized on the decision to draw a parallel with concealed carry reciprocity, a top federal legislative priority of the NRA. Reciprocity legislation, also known as federally mandated concealed carry, would force states to recognize permits to carry concealed guns issued by other states, regardless of what the issuing state's standards are for issuing permits. Reciprocity legislation has been introduced in both chambers of the U.S. Congress, but conservative media and the NRA view Obergefell as an opportunity to argue that the Constitution extends at least some right to reciprocal permit recognition regardless of whether Congress acts. The problem with that argument, however, is that the 2008 landmark Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. Heller limited the scope of the Second Amendment right to gun possession to people's homes.

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Third Eagle Of Apocalypse: Jesus Will Have Putin Destroy USA Over Marriage

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Carson: Congress Can Undo SCOTUS

"I hope it will be revisited because the reason that we have separation of powers is to prevent runaway courts, runaway executive branch, runaway legislative branch. The laws are made by the legislative branch. And, you know, you can make a law to negate virtually anything, you just have to be creative in the way that you do it. So no, I don’t think it’s over by any stretch of the imagination." - Ben Carson, speaking on right wing radio. Carson added that as president he'll "certainly get involved" in overturning Obergefell.

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Obama To Expand Overtime Coverage

Via USA Today:
The Obama administration is unveiling long-awaited new rules that would allow more workers to claim overtime pay. Currently, certain workers who make more than $23,660 cannot claim overtime; the new proposal would raise that threshold to $50,440 per year. "Right now, too many Americans are working long days for less pay than they deserve," President Obama writes in an op-ed for The Huffington Post. "That's partly because we've failed to update overtime regulations for years." The new Labor Department regulations would affect up to 5 million workers. Many workers who make more than $23,660 a year are exempted from overtime benefits because they are are designated as management or administrative personnel.
The National Retail Federation plans to fight the change.

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White House Lights Planned For Months

Politico reports that the idea to bathe the White House in rainbow lights was conceived months ago.
SPOTTED, at 4 a.m. Sat. at the White House: Jeff Tiller, 32, the White House director of specialty media (includes LGBT outreach) and former press-advance marvel, who had the inspired idea of bathing the North Portico (“The President’s Front Door”) in rainbow lighting. The crowds were gone, sunrise was coming, and the lighting contractors who had installed the rainbow were long asleep. After spending the night at the White House in a lawn chair, Jeff climbed downstairs to the tradesman entrance to unplug the lights that he had conceived of months earlier.
You can thank Tiller on Twitter. (Tipped by JMG reader Mike)

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Jon Stewart Mocks Wingnut Marriage Sadz

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Franklin Graham Has The Rainbow Sadz

"The President had the White House lit up in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. This is outrageous—a real slap in the face to the millions of Americans who do not support same-sex marriage and whose voice is being ignored. God is the one who gave the rainbow, and it was associated with His judgment. God sent a flood to wipe out the entire world because mankind had become so wicked and violent. One man, Noah, was found righteous and escaped God’s judgment with his family. The rainbow was a sign to Noah that God would not use the flood again to judge the world. But one day God is going to judge sin—all sin. Only those who are found righteous will be able to escape His judgment. That righteousness comes through faith, believing on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ who took our sins and shed His blood on the cross for each and every one. So, when we see the gay pride rainbow splashed on business advertisements and many people’s Facebook pages, may it remind all of us of God’s judgment to come. Are you ready? Are your sins forgiven?" - Franklin Graham, posting to Facebook.

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TEXAS: Benefits To Be Extended To Spouses Of Gay State Employees

Via the Austin Statesman:
The state bureaucracy is moving forward to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision, even as statewide elected leaders, including Gov. Greg Abbott, have lambasted the landmark ruling. Starting Wednesday — less than a week after the decision — the Employees Retirement System of Texas, the University of Texas System and the Texas A&M University System will extend benefits to spouses of gay and lesbian employees. That means the list of employers providing same-sex partner benefits will include the state’s largest: the state itself. Meanwhile, at the local level, despite the saber-rattling of Abbott and other top Republicans, a growing number of county clerks were issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
More than 100 out of 254 Texas counties are issuing marriage licenses so far.

Louisiana Marriage Map

Via the New Orleans Advocate:
If a parish is shaded blue, that means The Advocate has confirmed it's issuing licenses. If a parish is shaded yellow (or green-ish on some devices/screens), that means The Advocate hasn't reached anyone at the parish for comment. If a parish is shaded red, that means the clerk has confirmed to The Advocate that it isn't issuing licenses.
An interactive version of the map is being updated as information changes. You can click on each parish for details. (Tipped by JMG reader Mike)

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Tucker Carlson Attacks Newspaper Editor Who Doesn't Want Anti-Gay Columns

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Boy Culture Recaps NYC Pride

Click over to Matt Rettenmund's Boy Culture for a massive photo recap of NYC Pride. Politicians, movie stars, beefcake, and bears!

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Ted Cruz: Ignore SCOTUS Ruling

Ted Cruz has decided that the Supreme Court's marriage ruling only applies to the four states involved in the case. Via Politico:
“Those who are not parties to the suit are not bound by it,” the Texas Republican told NPR News’ Steve Inskeep in an interview published on Monday. Since only suits against the states of Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky were specifically considered in the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision, which was handed down last Friday, Cruz — a former Supreme Court clerk — believes that other states with gay marriage bans need not comply, absent a judicial order. “On a great many issues, others have largely acquiesced, even if they were not parties to the case,” the 2016 presidential contender added, “but there’s no legal obligation to acquiesce to anything other than a court judgement.” While Cruz’s statement may be technically true, federal district and circuit courts are obligated to follow the Supreme Court’s precedent and overrule all other states’ same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional.
Cruz also says that any Republican who abides by the ruling is secretly a supporter of same-sex marriage.

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Matt Barber Columnist: Burn The Fag Flag

"Don’t ban the Confederate flag, instead they need to ban that blasphemous and demonic homosexual flag, that desecrates and mocks the beautiful image of the rainbow that signifies the covenant that God made with man never to flood the world again. I say keep the Confederate flag and strip every single one of these repulsive, diabolical little flags. Shred them to pieces, burn them, take them down and rip them up. Do whatever is necessary to destroy these idols. All of those in the South, who want to see the Confederate flag remain hoisted and presented, should, in multitudes, burn these horrid sodomite flags, to shake up the government and let them know: we know why you are doing this, you have an agenda, and that is to strip away traditional Southern culture and replace it with the modernist antichrist ideology." - Theodore Shoebat, who includes a video of the "fag flag" being burned in eastern Europe.

RELATED: The above-linked post is from Shoebat's site. He and his father Walid Shoebat are regular contributors to Matt Barber's BarbWire. In April 2015 Theodore Shoebat called for executing all gay people.

ALSO RELATED: Yesterday BarbWire published a column which calls on all Christians to affix black mourning ribbons to their American flags.

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Bill O'Reilly Has The Rainbow Sadz

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Starnes: God Flooded DC Because SCOTUS

"Record-breaking floods have inundated Washington, D.C. just days after the Supreme Court decided they knew better than God. I seem to remember another time in history when there was a record-breaking flood. God painted the sky with rainbow colors after that flood. This go-around - Obama painted the White House with rainbow colors. Anybody got an ark?" - Todd Starnes, posting to Facebook.

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26M Rainbow Their Facebook Profile

Via CNN Money:
Over the past three days, 26 million people have super imposed rainbows over their Facebook profile pictures using a free tool provided by the company. The rainbow filter launched Friday and continued to gain steam over Pride weekend, garnering more than half a billion likes and comments all over the world. Famous people including Russell Simmons, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff changed their profiles. The tool was created by two Facebook interns during an internal hackathon last week. Changing a profile picture is easily dismissed as low-effort activism. But for many people who are not typically political it was a way to quietly show support.

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Viral Video Of The Day

Via Business Insider:
A YouTube video shared after Sunday's parade shows a parade marcher getting his groove on with what appears to be a member of the New York Police Department. We've reached out to the NYPD for comment but haven't heard back yet. The 12-second clip stars the unlikely duo dancing to along to Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough." The cop's dance partner was a man named Aaron, who was marching with the Big Apple Softball League during the parade, explains the user who posted the video, Paige Ponzeka. The moment doesn't last long before Aaron has to hurry back to the parade. Before he goes, Aaron affixes one of the league's "I'd Hit That" stickers to the officer's uniform and gives him a quick kiss on the cheek.
1.8M views at this writing. Breitbarters are ever so outraged.

(Tipped by JMG reader Ray)

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TEXAS: Clerk Won't Issue Licenses

Yesterday Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton declared that clerks can refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Today we've got our first taker.
Trinity County Clerk Shasta Bergman issued a statement Monday that said she will not issue licenses to same-sex couples for religious reasons and as a matter of conscience. “However on the heels of the Supreme Court decision, my staff and I have worked out a solution that works for each person's religious freedoms as well as other personal beliefs and opinions,” Bergman said. “After checking with each deputy clerk in order to get their individual perspectives on this issue and to ensure that any decision was not going to trample the rights of any clerk by delegating the duty to someone who held the same religious beliefs as myself.” Bergman said as a result of the meeting between her and her staff, they have concluded that all marriage licenses will be given by appointment only to make sure no clerk is in a position to go against his or her beliefs, and no citizens are denied their rights to be provided with a marriage license. According to Bergman, there will be clerks available to issue licenses to same-sex couples, and there will be clerks that will not issue the licenses because of religious convictions.
Trinity County is near Houston and has a population of 14K. (Tipped by JMG reader Gene)

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Monday, June 29, 2015

NBC To Donald Trump: You're Fired

Donald Trump just got fired by NBC.
NBC is ending its business relationship with Donald Trump following the presidential hopeful’s comments about immigrants during the announcement of his campaign. "At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump," NBC said in a statement. NBC said it would no longer air the annual "Miss USA" and "Miss Universe" pageants, which had been a joint venture with Trump. Trump has already indicated he will not be taking part in the television show "The Apprentice."

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More Marriage Sadz From Justice Scalia

MSNBC reports:
On Monday morning, the last day of this Supreme Court term, there were no rainbow flags or same-sex marriage protesters left on the marble plaza before the the nation’s highest court. But inside the court room, Scalia wanted to talk about Friday’s 5-4 decision making same-sex marriage legal throughout the United States, despite the fact that there were three other opinions to issue. In an extraordinary reading from the bench in a death penalty case in which he was actually in the majority, Scalia managed to dissent on gay marriage for a second time. “Last Friday, this court took away from the people the right to decide on same-sex marriage on the basis of their own policy preferences,” he said, taking a shot at Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer for suggesting in their written dissent to the case being announced that the death penalty is unconstitutional. It was, in other words, a dissent to a dissent.
The above-linked report notes that oral dissents "considered extraordinary."

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SOUTH KOREA: Christian Activists Disrupt But Fail To Stop Seoul Pride Parade

Forbes reports:
Gay pride faced Christian outrage in central Seoul in a showdown that dramatized the conflict between Korea’s deeply conservative values and the country’s latter-day surge toward democratic equality. Advocates and foes of gay rights clashed after a gay pride rally on the grassy plaza in front of Seoul City Hall that drew several thousand people — many celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing marriage between gay couples. As gay pride ralliers cheered, sang and danced inside the plaza, thousands of foes of gay marriage shouted slogans and epithets from beyond rows of policemen. The policemen, pouring from dozens of police buses, probably outnumbered both the gay ralliers and their foes. A parade in which those at the rally sought to march up the avenue toward the reconstructed Kyongbeok Palace of Korean kings broke up in scuffles between marchers and their critics organized by Seoul’s powerful Protestant churches.
Buzzfeed was there and has posted many photos.

Clip recap:
Anti-LGBT protesters attempted to disrupt the final day of the Korea Queer Festival and Gay Pride parade as 20,000 people came out in Seoul, Sunday, to celebrate the US Supreme Court decision to legalise same-sex marriage across all states. Protesters can be seen shouting at the LGBT event attendees through a wall of police officers deployed to prevent clashes. One protester was led away by police but it is unconfirmed as to whether he was officially arrested.

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John Oliver On SCOTUS, Gay Pride, And CNN's ISIS Flag Flub At London Pride

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LOUISIANA: First Marriage Takes Place, Gov. Bobby Jindal Says Clerks Can Opt Out

Louisiana has seen its first same-sex marriage but Gov. Bobby Jindal is following the lead of Texas and today declared that state employees can opt-out if they have religious objections.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has said Louisiana court clerks and other state employees who don't want to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of religious objections won't have to do so. Jindal's office has said the governor's religious freedom executive order as well as state and federal law will protect clerks and state employees who have moral objections to gay marriage and don't feel comfortable handing out licenses to same-sex couples. "We believe the U.S. Constitution, Louisiana Constitution, Louisiana's Preservation of Religious Freedom Act, as well as our Executive Order prevents government from compelling individuals to violate sincerely held religious beliefs. We will continue to fight to protect religious liberty," said Mike Reed, spokesman for the governor's office.

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ALABAMA: State Supreme Clerks Orders Stop To Same-Sex Marriage Licenses UPDATE: Or Maybe They Didn't

AL.com reports:
The Alabama state supreme court today issued an order that effectively keeps probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples for 25 days. Chief Justice Roy Moore recused himself, but he said his view of the order is that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Friday ending the gay marriage order is stalled in Alabama. Seven of the nine justices concurred with the order. Only Moore and Supreme Court Justice Greg Shaw joined Moore did not sign on. "I am not real clear what it's saying .. it's very unclear," Jefferson County Probate Judge Sherri Friday said. At this moment, they are still issuing licenses to same-sex couples as her attorneys review the order. Part of the order, Friday said, states parts of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that were appealable for rehearing.
Pointless grandstanding. But I knew Roy Moore was being suspiciously quiet.

UPDATE: The HRC says the above-linked report is inaccurate.
Today, contrary to some press accounts, the Alabama Supreme Court did not order a stop to the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) called on probate judges that were already issuing marriage licenses to continue to do so—and urged the probate judges that had not yet issued marriage licenses to begin doing so. HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow issued the following statement:

“There is no justification for delaying or obstructing the clear message of the Supreme Court of the United States—marriage equality must begin in Alabama, and probate judges who stand in the way of that legal imperative risk exposing themselves to legal consequences. There is zero chance of marriage equality being reheard by the Supreme Court—particularly given that all four states that were parties in this case have accepted the outcome—and as a result the Court's holding in Obergefell v. Hodeges should be implemented across the country immediately.”

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BREAKING: Mississippi AG Gives Clerks OK To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Via the Clarion-Ledger:
The Attorney General's Office has issued a letter giving the OK for circuit clerks to move forward with same-sex marriage licenses after stating on Friday the Supreme Court decision was not yet effective in Mississippi. Many circuit clerks in Mississippi did not issue same-sex marriage licenses on Friday morning following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision because the Attorney General sent a letter saying the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals must lift the stay on U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves' order before the Supreme Court's decision became valid.

On Monday, the Attorney General sent an e-mail to clerks that his directive on Friday "seems to have been misinterpreted as prohibiting Circuit Clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples. The statement was merely meant to explain that an order of the Fifth Circuit would be necessary to lift the stay."

Despite the fact the stay has not yet been lifted, the letter continued, "Obergefell is the law of the land. If a clerk has issued or decides to issue a marriage license to a same sex couple, there will be no adverse action taken by the Attorney General against that circuit clerk on behalf of the State … On the other hand, a clerk who refuses to issue a marriage license to a same sex couple could be sued by the denied couple and may face liability."
RELATED: Yesterday Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced that his state will comply with the Supreme Court's ruling. No licenses have yet been issued there.

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Catholic Vote: We Are No Longer Afraid To Say We Don't Like The Gays

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Liza To Return to London Paladium

Britain's Pride Life reports:
Last summer, Liza Minnelli was forced to cancel her only scheduled UK appearance on the advice of doctors, leaving many of her British fans fearing that they may never get to see this living, breathing, all-singing, all-dancing icon in the flesh. Imagine the excitement, then, upon hearing that Minnelli, now 70, plans to return to these shores later this year, for a series of “intimate” performances, beginning at her London “home”, the London Palladium, on 20 September. Fittingly it was at this same theatre that a then 18-year-old Minnelli appeared alongside her mother, Judy Garland, in a now legendary concert, in 1964. An Intimate Evening With Liza Minnelli will adopt the format of “An Audience With…” Minnelli will discuss her life onstage, invite questions from the audience, and sing the songs that have made her an undisputed star. The evening will culminate with Minnelli’s induction into the Palladium’s Hall of Fame.
Click over to Pride Life for Liza's thoughts on her gay fans and her favorite song. Follow Pride Life on Facebook for breaking LGBT news out of the UK.

VIDEO: Below is that famed concert in full.

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Confederate Flag Parade

On Saturday the town of Dalton, Georgia held a Confederate flag parade. Take it away Gawker:
“They got a goddamn day for Confederate flags. This is some bullshit!” says the (presumably black) man filming this video, “I wonder what kind of motherfuckin’ parade we could have?” And just when you’re wondering how long this line of assholes in lifted trucks can possibly be, and wishing something would make them stop... well, something does.

(Tipped by JMG reader Daddy Ray)

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SCOTUS OK's Lethal Injections

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Fundies Dial It Back

After months of vows about civil disobedience, a coalition of over 100 evangelicals organized by the Southern Baptist Convention have signed onto a statement that discourages "outrage and panic" about the Supreme Court ruling on marriage. An excerpt:
The gospel of Jesus Christ determines the shape and tone of our ministry. Christian theology considers its teachings about marriage both timeless and unchanging, and therefore we must stand firm in this belief. Outrage and panic are not the responses of those confident in the promises of a reigning Christ Jesus. While we believe the Supreme Court has erred in its ruling, we pledge to stand steadfastly, faithfully witnessing to the biblical teaching that marriage is the chief cornerstone of society, designed to unite men, women, and children. We promise to proclaim and live this truth at all costs, with convictions that are communicated with kindness and love.
Among the signatories are Manhattan Declaration head Eric Teetsel, Focus On The Family president Jim Daly, and SBC president Ronnie Floyd.

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