Monday, July 06, 2015

Has Kansas Finally Gone Sapphire?

Not so fast, says the Topeka Citizen-Journal:
Married same-sex spouses will be able to join the state’s employee health plan, an Emporia State University spokeswoman said Monday – though the state agency overseeing the plan denies that they are now eligible. Gwen Larson, Emporia State University spokeswoman, said the university had received notification earlier in the day that same-sex spouses will be able to be added to health plans, though she did not know details, such as when coverage would begin.

“Yes, we have been notified that our employees who are in legalized same-sex marriages will fall under the state health plan,” Larson said. But several minutes later, Larson called a reporter back to say official word will come from the Kansas Department for Health and Environment. Larson’s statement followed statements from both the Kansas Board of Regents and the Kansas Department for Health and Environment saying the spouses of gay married state workers were not yet eligible for the health plan.
I'll update this post as more becomes known.

UPDATE: The Wichita Eagle reports that the DMV is allowing name-changes.
A Johnson County woman was allowed to change her name to match her wife’s after being denied on two previous occasions. Michelle Gale-Nelson and her wife, L.J. Nelson, nurses who met 18 years ago in college and were married in March, had previously been told they couldn't change the names on their driver's licenses at DMV offices in Johnson and Wyandotte counties. They expected that Monday would be a repeat and planned to record it.

“We actually thought we were going to get denied. We literally had cell phone cameras ready to get denied,” Gale-Nelson said. “We literally had the SCOTUS ruling in our hands.” But this time the supervisor who rejected the request in May ready to approve the change, explaining that the Department of Revenue had sent out an e-mail earlier in the day allowing changing the names on licenses for same-sex couples. “He even shook our hands, apologized for the previous time that we were here, you know, and said he just didn’t want to lose his job,” Gale-Nelson said. “He had to follow the rules.”

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No, President Obama Won't Be Naming June 26th As "National Equality Day"

Several major LGBT sites including Out Magazine and Logo's NewNowNext have fallen for a satirical site's claim that President Obama will be naming June 26th as a federal holiday to be called National Equality Day. There is a Change.org petition for just that, but so far it has 98 signatures. Lovely idea, but not happening.

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SOUTH CAROLINA: Senate Nixes Flag

Only three senators voted to keep the flag:
The South Carolina Senate has voted to remove the Confederate flag from a pole on Statehouse grounds. The 37-3 vote Monday allows the state to remove the flag and the flagpole where it flies as soon as it passes the House and is signed by Gov. Nikki Haley. The bill must pass a two-thirds vote, which is likely to be held Tuesday. Monday's vote comes less than a week after the 15th anniversary of South Carolina taking the flag off the Capitol dome where it flew since the early 1960s and moving it to beside a monument honoring Confederate soldiers. Lawmakers had largely ignored the flag until the killing of nine black people during a Bible study at a historic African-American church on June 17.

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15 Attorneys General To Congress: Keep Tax Exemptions For Anti-Gay Groups

Nobody is talking about doing it, but just in case!
As same-sex couples begin to marry in South Dakota, Attorney General Marty Jackley wants to make sure the religious liberties of citizens who object to gay marriages are protected, the state’s top law enforcement official said. Jackley this week joined 14 of his fellow chief legal officers in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, petitioning them to continue tax exemptions for religious organizations that oppose same-sex marriage. The attorney general said the letter aims to ensure that the religious liberties of people and organizations who oppose same-sex marriages are protected. “The Supreme Court’s decision and analysis on equal protection and due process must coexist with the constitutional right to freedom of religion,” Jackley said in an interview. “And in South Dakota, we will work to respect both in compliance with the court’s directive.”
Last week Jackley declared that anti-gay South Dakota state employees can ask other staffers to deal with any icky gays who wander in expecting a marriage license. (Tipped by JMG reader Dave)

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Franklin Graham Celebrates Clerk Who Quit Rather Than Issue Marriage Licenses

"'I choose to obey God rather than man.' These were the words in Linda Barnette’s resignation letter last week. After 24 years serving as a Clerk of Court in Mississippi, Linda had to choose between her job and her faith as a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling to allow same-sex marriage in all 50 states. I have known Linda for many years—her husband, Sherman, worked on the team that sets up my Festivals with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for 30 years before retiring just a short time ago, and she has helped with many Festivals herself. I appreciate her boldness to stand firm for her sincerely held religious beliefs. More and more Americans will be facing decisions like this as our nation continues to go against God’s laws and standards." - Franklin Graham, posting today to his Facebook page.

VIDEO: Barnette takes her martyr tour to Fox News.

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Tweeted And Deleted By Donald Trump

Donald Trump celebrated the Fourth Of July on Saturday night by retweeting the above racist attack on Jeb Bush and his wife. Sometime last night Trump deleted the tweet. More from TIME:
The tweet comes on the heels of Bush publicly denouncing Trump’s comments, which characterized Mexican immigrants as potential criminals and rapists. “He’s doing this to inflame and incite and to draw attention, which seems to be the organizing principle of his campaign,” Bush said. “To make these extraordinarily ugly kind of comments is not reflective of the Republican Party.” Bush actually listed himself as Hispanic on a voter form in 2009 and has said that he takes personal offense to Trump’s statements.
Trump continues poll very well.

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SOUTH CAROLINA: GOP Rep Rants About "Abomination" Rainbow Flag During Debate On Confederate Flag Removal

Via Jezebel:
The debate is airing live on C-SPAN, which is a great time for some states’ rights grandstanding by Republicans looking to win reelection bids. Republicans like State Senator Lee Bright, who is circulating a petition to keep the flag, writing on Facebook, “Right now, we have an opportunity to protect the symbol of our Southern heritage. The Confederate battle flag proudly represents states’ rights, so let’s fight to keep it flying!” Just in case you had any illusions whatsoever about what Senator Bright thinks about his black constituents. Determined to make today a hateful twofer, Bright began his remarks this morning by inveighing against gay marriage and the Supreme Court, for some reason. He referred to the White House being lit up in what he called “abomination colors,” meaning the rainbow flag of LGBT rights. “We can talk about a flag all we want, but the Devil is taking control of this land,” Bright added.

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DC: Suspect Arrested In Subway Stabbing Death Of LGBT Activist Kevin Sutherland

Via the Associated Press:
Jasper Spires, the man suspected of stabbing and killing a 24-year-old at a Metro station Saturday afternoon, has reportedly been arrested. The victim, Kevin Joseph Sutherland of Northeast D.C., died after he was stabbed on a train approaching the NOMA-Gallaudet Metro Station Saturday at about 12:50 p.m. An arrest warrant was subsequently issued for Spires for first-degree murder in the case. Sutherland had recently started working for "New Blue Interactive," a political strategy firm. Co-worker Brandt McCool told ABC7, "We all really loved working with Kevin. He came on a few months ago and ever since he has been one of the best digital strategists in the country. He's a bright spot, a pleasure to work with. It's a terrible, terrible tragedy." Sutherland graduated from American University in 2013. He was twice elected Student Government Secretary.
More about Sutherland from the Washington Post:
He was known to enjoy the sunset at a Kenny Chesney concert with a cocktail in hand, and he decorated his student government office at American University — where he advocated for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights — with posters depicting glam shots of pop star Lady Gaga. On his Twitter profile, he led with the Latin words of the Connecticut seal, “Qui transtulit sustinet” — “He who is transplanted still sustains.” By all accounts, Sutherland lived by the motto. In photographs and videos Sutherland posted online, he showed reverence and adoration for D.C.’s monuments and the city’s history, highlighting what he considered the nation’s treasures.
Local Connecticut news reports on the crime.

(Tipped by JMG reader DC Dave)

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Rush Limbaugh: Hillary Clinton Faked The Gay Humans Of New York Viral Photo

"Where the Clintons are concerned, there are no coincidences with the Clintons. There just aren't any. And I feel very confident and safe speculating that this whole thing is as phony as it gets. We're supposed to believe a photographer walking the streets of New York City sees this kid crying on his stoop then takes his picture? And then the kid says this to the photographer 'I'm crying about my future because I'm gay and I'm really worried about my future and I don't think I'm going to be loved and it's going to be really hard out there.' The kids looks like he's 8 or 9. You know who the kid looks like? The kid looks like the kid that was in the gay pride parade last week- picture showed his mom proudly had him out there dressed up in some kind of rainbow colored drag queen get-up with a Roman crown of whatever on his head. This kid looks exactly like that kid. I'm not saying its the same kid. I'm just saying that's what this 8-year-old looks like. Anyway, its just a little too convenient." - Rush Limbaugh, speaking today on his radio show.

RELATED: The Humans Of New York story is here.

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AUSTRALIA: Agriculture Minister Says Gay Marriage Will Hurt Cattle Exports

Via Australia's ABC affiliate:
Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has warned Asian countries could see Australia as "decadent" if moves to legalise same-sex marriage are successful. Mr Joyce was asked about comments last week by another frontbencher opposed to gay marriage, Eric Abetz, who is the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Senator Abetz suggested that if Asian countries did not accept same-sex marriage then Australia should not either, pointing to the often-repeated phrase that for Australia this was the Asian century. "Eric is right in saying where we live economically is south east Asia, that's where our cattle go," Mr Joyce told the ABC's Insiders program. "When we go there, there are judgments whether you like it or not that are made about us. They see us as decadent."
Australia's Parliament will consider a marriage bill when it resumes next month.

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Ted Cruz: Obama Will Use Gay Marriage To Strip Churches Of Tax Exemptions

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TEXAS: Hood County Clerk Caves, Issues Marriage License To Gay Couple, Couple Won't Drop Their Lawsuit

Bloomberg reports:
A gay couple that sued a rural Texas county clerk over a delay in the issuing of a marriage license received the certificate just hours after filing the complaint. Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton say they won’t drop their lawsuit though until the clerk’s office agrees to issue marriage licenses to “all couples, gay and straight, without delay.” They also want their legal fees paid by the county. Cato and Stapleton were repeatedly turned away last week by the clerk’s office in Hood County, about a half-hour southwest of the Fort Worth federal courthouse where they sued Monday. They said they were told it would take “at least three weeks,” because the county needed to have paperwork reprinted in a gender-neutral fashion.

The men said they have been “waiting over 27 years to marry” and were “humiliated” by county employees’ refusal. Katie Lang, the county clerk, had said she won’t personally issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because it violates her religious beliefs. She said someone else in her office would do so as soon as proper forms are supplied, according to a statement on the county clerk’s website. The couple’s lawyer said he provided the clerk with copies of corrected state marriage-license applications from the state’s website. They were told a different form was still needed, according to the complaint.
Today's marriage license was hand-written.

RELATED: Last week Texas Values and local haters rallied in support of the clerk.

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Ted Cruz Tops Breitbart "Primary"

Via Breitbart:
In June, 55,000 people voted in the Breitbart Primary, and they preferred Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to win the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination. In June’s inaugural Breitbart Primary poll, Cruz finished first nationally (33%)–and in each of the first three nominating states–with Walker (23%), who has yet to declare his candidacy, right on his heels. Sen. Rand Paul finished in third with 10%, followed by Dr. Ben Carson (7%), former Texas Governor Rick Perry (5%), businessman Donald Trump (4%), former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (4%), and Sen. Marco Rubio (4%).
Breitbart will repeat the poll every month until the GOP convention.

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Obergefell Sadz Of The Day

"When I learned the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage I went into what you might call spiritual shock. I almost felt like someone had died. Someone didn't, but something did. True liberty and justice for all. I am grieving right now over the false freedom that was birthed out of a false equality movement. I am mourning because true freedom and true equality have been replaced by a counterfeit crusade that truly sets no one free. I am weeping because America has fallen and many in the church are being caught up in the Great Falling Away. A line in the sand was long ago drawn. Our tyrannical government crossed that line on June 26, 2015. When five Supreme Court justices trampled state rights they knew all too well Christian rights would be trampled along with them. Call it a betrayal of our Constitution. Call it an anti-Christ agenda. Call it an assault on religious freedom. It's all that and more. See, crossing this line in the name of equality was a spiritual assault on every believer who calls on the name of Jesus." - Jennifer LeClaire, writing for Charisma News.

PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: Jennifer LeClaire says that "the silent treatment" is actually an act of witchcraft. Jennifer LeClaire reports that atheists on Twitter are trying to "stir up witches" against her. Jennifer LeClaire says that Satan celebrates every time a gay character appears on television.

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REPORT: Scott Walker's Wife And Sons Disagree With Him On Same-Sex Marriage

Following the Obergefell ruling, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called it a "grave mistake" for America. As it turns out, he's the lone holdout in his own household.
In their house, Tonette Walker heard immediately about her husband’s response from the couple’s two sons, Matt and Alex, who are taking time off from college to help their father’s campaign. She told them to talk directly to him. “That was a hard one,” Tonette said, pausing and choosing her words carefully. “Our sons were disappointed. I was torn. I have children who are very passionate [in favor of same-sex marriage], and Scott was on his side very passionate.” “It’s hard for me because I have a cousin who I love dearly — she is like a sister to me — who is married to a woman, her partner of 18 years,” she said. She said her son Alex was her cousin’s best man at their wedding last year. The couple, Shelli Marquardt and Cathy Priem, have vacationed and hosted parties with the Walkers, according to friends.
Walker is expected to officially declare his 2016 bid next Monday. In an odd move, last night his campaign tweeted out a partial image of his campaign logo.

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Matt Baume: Final Marriage News Watch

Clip recap:
Only a few isolated locations in the country remain where same-sex couples can't get married. Those opposed to equality are getting increasingly desperate, with stall tactics and long-shot legal games. We're also likely to see renewed attacks on other civil rights, so there's still going to be a lot of work to do in order to protect equality. But the story of marriage is changing from something we're fighting to achieve to something we're actually living. That's why as of this week I'm wrapping up Marriage News Watch.
What a great run! Our huge thanks to Mr. Baume!

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Santorum: America Is World's Moral Leader In Fight Against Gay Marriage

Via the Guardian:
Rick Santorum said on Sunday he would continue his campaign to reverse the supreme court decision that legalised same-sex marriage, because the US “is still the moral leader of the world”. On 26 June, the court voted 5-4 in favor of the plaintiff in the case Obergefell v Hodges, who sought to extend rights conferred by a same-sex marriage in one state to another which did not allow it. Since then, conservative opposition has included calls for a constitutional amendment on marriage, advocacy for laws to ensure religious liberty, and official approval of county clerks who refuse to issue licenses for same-sex marriages. Appearing on CBS, Santorum was asked about a previous statement that the ruling “disrupts the foundation of the world”. He said he was concerned with three things: the role of the court in society – a rallying call for 2016 candidates including Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal – an “assault on religious liberty” and “a further erosion of this founding building block of society, which is the nuclear family”.

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WATCH: 1974 Argument For Marriage Led By Gay Rights Pioneer Frank Kameny

Click over to WGBH for their "Open Vault" presentation of a truly fascinating 1974 argument for same-sex marriage led by late gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny, who was honored in Philadelphia this weekend on the 50th anniversary of the nation's first organized gay civil rights demonstration. The 1974 forum was staged in a trial format with Kameny calling as his first witness Elaine Noble, member of the Daughters Of Bilitis. Kameny's second witness was Dr. Richard Green, who helped spearhead the APA's declassification of homosexuality as a mental disorder. NARTH co-founder Charles Socarides was a witness for the anti-gay side. If you've not yet been convinced of Frank Kameny's brilliance, this show will do that. His questioning of Socarides is especially enjoyable. (Tipped by JMG reader Paul)

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GEORGIA: Fired Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran Still Wants His Job Back

Via the Heritage Foundation:
After being fired for writing what’s been described as an “anti-gay” book, former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran says he “absolutely” wants his job back. “In the United States of America, Americans should not have to choose between keeping your job and living out your faith,” Cochran told The Daily Signal in an exclusive interview. “And that’s the position the city of Atlanta actually has taken—that I have to have a choice to live out my faith or to keep my job.” Cochran was fired in January 2015 for publishing a men’s devotional book for a Baptist church group. In the book, “Who Told You That You Were Naked?” Cochran addressed issues of homosexuality, gay marriage and premarital sex from a biblical perspective. Upon being fired, Cochran filed his own federal lawsuit against the city of Atlanta, alleging that he was wrongfully terminated and being discriminated against for his Christian beliefs. “In the United States of America, we are guaranteed the freedom to live without fear of being terminated or experiencing any adverse action for the free expression of our beliefs and thoughts,” Cochran said. “It was an injustice against me on that basis.” The case is still ongoing.
As we know, Cochran wasn't fired for his "anti-gay views" but for proselytizing at the workplace.

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GREECE: Voters Reject Bailout

Via the New York Times:
Greeks delivered a shocking rebuff to Europe’s leaders on Sunday, decisively rejecting a deal offered by the country’s creditors in a historic vote that could redefine Greece’s place in Europe and shake the Continent’s financial stability. As people gathered to celebrate in Syntagma Square in central Athens, the Interior Ministry reported that with more than 90 percent of the vote tallied, 61 percent of the voters had said no to a deal that would have imposed greater austerity measures. The no votes carried virtually every district in the country, handing a sweeping victory to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, a leftist who came to power in January vowing to reject new austerity measures, which he called an injustice and economically self-defeating. Last month he walked away from negotiations in frustration at the creditors’ demands, called the referendum and urged Greeks to vote no as a way to give him more bargaining power.
From the BBC:
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he was consulting the leaders of eurozone member states, and would have a conference call with key EU officials and the ECB on Monday morning. French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are scheduled to meet in Paris on Monday. A summit of eurozone heads of state has been called for Tuesday. The European Commission - one of the "troika" of creditors along with the IMF and the ECB - wanted Athens to raise taxes and slash welfare spending to meet its debt obligations. Greece's Syriza-led government, which was elected in January on an anti-austerity platform, said creditors had presented it with an "ultimatum", using fear to put pressure on Greeks. The Greek government's opponents and some Greek voters had complained that the question in Sunday's referendum was unclear. EU officials said it applied to the terms of an offer that was no longer on the table.
Via Reuters:
Shares fell, the euro stumbled and yields on weaker euro zone economies' bonds rose after Greece overwhelmingly voted against conditions for a rescue package, but there was no rout and contagion was limited. Investors sought low-risk assets including Bunds, but the yield premium of Italian 10-year debt over Germany remained below the eight-month highs it hit a week ago. The euro lost half a percent to $1.1053 and 0.6 percent against the safe-haven Japanese yen. It fell as low as $1.0967 in Asia before rebounding, garnering some support from the resignation of Greece's outspoken finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis. Analysts attributed the relatively muted market reaction to expectations the European Central Bank would act to limit any damage. The ECB's governing council was holding a conference call on Monday to decide how long to keep Greek banks afloat.

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Benham Brothers: If You Waver On Gay Marriage, You're Siding With Satan

"As our faith comes under fire – with today’s attack on religious liberty – we must remember that God uses fire to purify our faith. Fire draws a line in the sand: Are we in or out? With Him or against Him? There is no in between. We’ve heard some say, 'I’m just riding the fence, sitting quietly, waiting to see what happens.' To them we respond, 'The devil owns the fence. Choose which side you’re on, and jump to it. Besides, you can’t stand strong on top of a fence.' The Supreme Court’s ruling on gay 'marriage' made it painfully obvious that religious liberties, especially for Christians, are now in the cross-hairs of the militant, secular agenda that is fundamentally changing our country. This means we need to get off the fence and stand up. We’ve got to decide beforehand, i.e., today, what we’re going to do when our faith is actually under fire." - Jason and David Benham, writing for World Net Daily.

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Mike Huckabee: Marriage Is In Trouble Because People Think It's About Love

CNN reports:
Mike Huckabee says marriage is "in trouble today" because of the "redefinition of love" -- no matter who's in the relationship. And, the former Arkansas governor said Sunday, that's a problem "in every definition of marriage -- be it heterosexual or homosexual or polygamy or wherever the marriage redefinition ends up taking us over the course of the next few years." In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union," Huckabee complained that marriage is under assault from people who don't understand the commitment it entails.

Asked whether same-sex marriage or high divorce rates are a bigger threat to the institution, Huckabee responded that the question was like asking which wing of an airplane is more important. "Regardless, heterosexual marriage is largely in trouble today because people see it as a selfish means of pleasing self, rather than a committed relationship in which the focus is on meeting the needs of the partner," he said. "That sense of selfishness and the redefinition of love as to something that is purely sentimental and emotional, has been destructive."

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COLORADO: Ballot Measure Seeks To Limit Same-Sex Marriages As Civil Unions

Via the Denver Post:
A proposed ballot initiative filed Thursday would redefine same-sex marriages in Colorado as civil unions. A second initiative would allow wedding-related businesses opposed to gay marriage to hire a contractor to serve the couples. Keeping gay marriage out of Colorado could be difficult, if not impossible, since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 26 that same-sex couples have a right to marry nationwide. Both ballot questions were filed by Gene Straub and D'Arcy Straub, both of Littleton. D'Arcy Straub is a lawyer. He could not be reached Friday, and his voice message said he was on a mountain-climbing trip. Gene Straub did not immediately return a phone call. Each measure would need at least 98,492 verified signatures from registered voters to get on the ballot. State Rep. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, said the point of the gay marriage amendment is moot.
The proposed amendment declares: "A marriage is recognized as a form of religious expression of the people of Colorado that shall not be abridged through the state prescribing or recognizing any law that implicitly or explicitly defines a marriage in opposition or agreement with any particular religious belief."

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Sunday, July 05, 2015

USA Wins Women's World Cup, Champion Abby Wambach Rushes To Kiss Her Wife

Via SB Nation: "For the first time in her career, Abby Wambach is a World Cup winner. And after the final whistle blew in the United States' 5-2 win over Japan, she sprinted over to the stands to find her wife, Sarah Huffman, who was sitting in the front row with the rest of the American supporters."

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Exorcism Of The Day

"Megan suffered from many physical infirmities because of her demons. She desperately drove four hours to reach Bob and find deliverance. Because of her faith and determination, Megan was freed from evil spirits of Jezebel and Death."

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50 Years Ago In Philadelphia

Via the Associated Press:
Gay rights activists gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July to mark the progress of their movement and pay tribute to those who launched it a half-century ago — but also made it clear that the fight for equality was far from over. "In too many communities, you can still get married on Sunday and then fired on Monday . Marriage equality was a critical milestone but not the final destination," said activist Aisha Moodie-Mills, referring to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriages nationwide. "If history has taught us anything, it's that no community's rights are one and done with a simple piece of legislation. . Equality is not set in stone," Moodie-Mills said. The event was part of a weekend-long celebration of some of the earliest gay rights marches, including a gathering of about 40 protesters calling for equality at the same location on July 5, 1965.
More from the Wall Street Journal:
Most people associate the beginning of the LGBT rights movement with the Stonewall Riots in 1969, when a police raid at the Stonewall Inn caused many patrons to fight back. But four years earlier, on July 4, 1965, a group of 40 activists, led by organizers Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings, held what was at the time the largest demonstration in support of gay rights in the world. This began what became known as the “Annual Reminders” demonstrations, strategically held each year at Independence Hall where the Liberty Bell then resided, reminding people of the Declaration of Independence’s proclamation of the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” After the Stonewall riots, Kameny and Gittings suspended the annual reminders to focus on organizing a demonstration to commemorate Stonewall, launching in 1970 what has since become known as NYC’s first-ever Pride Parade.
RELATED: From Philadelphia's tourism agency.

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Armistead Maupin To Perform In P-Town

Armistead Maupin will perform his show Logical Family next Sunday during Bear Week in Provincetown.
In this witty and poignant new stage presentation the legendary author of “Tales of the City” turns a keen eye on his own youthful (and stumbling) search for family, love and authenticity. It’s a tale that leads from a repressive boyhood in North Carolina to the Mekong Delta of Vietnam to a new life and sexual salvation in 1970’s San Francisco. Fierce, bawdy, wise and funny, “Logical Family” embodies the qualities that have already endeared Maupin to generations of readers. Books will available for sale, and Armistead be signing after the show.
There will be a second show on Saturday, July 18th. Get tickets here.

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Young Turks Vs Catholic Vote


(Tipped by JMG reader Gil)

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A Very Young Gay Human Of New York

Mashable reports:
Sometimes the Internet can be a good place filled with good people. On Friday, Humans of New York photographer Brandon Stanton posted a heartbreaking image of a young boy with the caption, "I'm homosexual, and I'm afraid about what my future will be and that people won't like me." Even 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton left a few inspirational words, writing, "Prediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be amazing. You will surprise yourself with what you’re capable of and the incredible things you go on to do. Find the people who love and believe in you –- there will be lots of them."
Your day will truly be better if you read the comments. And that's a sentence you won't see very often.

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Easiest Languages To Learn

According to the US State Department. More difficult languages are here.

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Saturday, July 04, 2015

Hotel Motel Obergefell


(Tipped by JMG readers Ray and TJ)

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Why We Celebrate


UPDATE: Ugh, it turns out the interviewer is a total nutjob.

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Breitbart Closes Comments On Story About Death Threat Against President Obama

Gosh, why do you think they won't let their readers comment on a story about a man who said this on his Facebook page: "The usurper is here and if I get a chance I’ll take him out and I’ll take the shot."

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Huckabee Doubles Down

Mike Huckabee has followed up his vow to prosecute the enforcement of public accommodation laws as a hate crime with the above image on his Facebook page. He has also published an op-ed for Fox News:
On Day One of my administration, I will use the power of the presidency to protect and defend people of all faiths in all fifty states. First, I will sign religious liberty executive orders that support traditional marriage and protect businesses, churches, non-profits, schools and universities, hospitals, and other organizations from discrimination, intimidation, civil penalties, or criminal attacks for exercising their religious beliefs. Second, I will direct the attorney general to protect religious liberty and prosecute any violations of First Amendment rights of individuals, businesses, religious organizations, institutions, and civil servants, including those who believe in traditional marriage. The Justice Department will protect and defend the rights of American citizens to follow their religious convictions without discrimination, and prosecute attacks on people of faith and their religious liberty. I will aggressively prosecute attacks against people of faith as hate crimes.
Yeah, good luck with that.

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One Million Views For Catholic Vote

Poster by Scott Wooledge. His review at Memeographs:
The auteurs at Catholic Vote have created an instant classic Christian cinematic masterpiece to rival Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas. Not since National Organization for Marriage’s “Gathering Storm” of 2008 have we seen delusional hyperbole, paranoia and self-pity lifted to such delirious heights. Like an episode of The Bachelor or a Lindsey Lohan court appearance, Not Alone is both terrifying and impossible to look away from. This important piece of filmmaking will surely inspire countless imitators, but Not Alone is so earnest in its own clueless, privileged insensitivity that parody may be superfluous (see Poe’s Law). Still, I look forward to seeing what influence this motion picture exerts on Stephen Colbert and the creative staff at The Daily Show, Funny or Die and Saturday Night Live.
Catholic Vote is very upset about the reactions.

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George Takei Apologizes

George Takei has posted an apology for calling Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas "a clown in blackface." An excerpt from his Facebook page:
I am reminded, especially on this July 4th holiday, that though we have the freedom to speak our minds, we must use that freedom judiciously. Each of us, as humans, have hot-button topics that can set us off, and Justice Thomas had hit mine, that is clear. But my choice of words was regrettable, not because I do not believe Justice Thomas is deeply wrong, but because they were ad hominem and uncivil, and for that I am sorry.

I often ask fans to keep the level of discourse on this page and in comments high, and to remember that we all love this country and for what it stands for, even if we often disagree passionately about how to achieve those goals. I did not live up to my own high standards in this instance. I hope all of you have a wonderful, safe and joyously free July 4th, the first where all married couples in the U.S. can enjoy the full liberties of matrimony equally. It is truly a blessing to be an American today.
Critics and fans are responding at the link.

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