From Peter LaBarbera's E-Lerts:
Dear Readers, I cannot state this emphatically enough: if you do not want to see the Pentagon turned into the world's biggest homosexual activist agency, please call your U.S. Senators NOW and urge them not to repeal the military's common-sense ban on homosexuality. Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. There is a HUGE "GAY" LOBBY PUSH on this and we need everyone we can muster to call now to prevent the lame-duck Congress from homosexualizing our military!
Illinois residents: I've tried to get through to new Senator Mark Kirk but all I get is an answering machine that's full; here is a Chicago office number that works: 312-886-3506.
I am on the e-lists for the various homosexual lobby organizations, and all of them are DESPERATE to repeal the military's homosexual ban (commonly mislabeled, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell") in this lame-duck session before the arrival of a more conservative Congress. Below is an adapted portion of an alert by ultra-hateful "queer" militant Joe Jervis:
Call Your Senators Now!
"[The pro-homosexual group] Servicemembers Legal Defense Network has issued an "all hands on deck" alert, asking you to call your Senators ....
If you live in the following states, call the Capitol switchboard number: 202-224-3121:
Indiana [call Sen. Lugar, who is waffling!]
Massachusetts [Sen. Scott Brown has pledged to support the repeal!]
Illinois (Sen. Mark Kirk: 312-886-3506)
KEY SENATORS WHO NEED TO HEAR FROM ... SUPPORTERS NOW:
--Susan Collins (R-ME)
--Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
--Richard Lugar (R-IN)
--Judd Gregg (R-NH)
--Scott Brown (R-MA)
--George Voinovich (R-OH)
--Kit Bond (R-MO)
--Joe Manchin (D-WV)
--Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
--Mark Kirk (R-IL)
The Left is furious at President Obama for his tax agreement with the Republican leadership, and they want a left-wing agenda victory badly! They don't care about the military as much as they do their powerful and well-financed LGBT allies. Don't let them use our military men and women as guinea pigs in a grand new and reckless social experiment to advance the mainstreaming of homosexuality!
Anti-Christian Joe Solmonese of the Human Rights Campaign -- the world's biggest homosexual lobby group -- just sent out another Alert urging his "gay" followers -- urging them to tell the Senate not to take a vacation in order to push through the proposed repeal of the military "gay" ban. Please call 202-224-3121 today and urge your friends to do the same -- especially if they live in one of the states above.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
From Peter LaBarbera's E-Lerts:
Posted by lloydletta at 10:35 PM
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Since state senate candidate Dan Hall has been in the news lately, I thought I'd repost this background from Lloydletta's Nooz.
Vultures Preying on the State Capitol
The Rake has an excellent article in the current issue: Church and State: The myth of separation crumbles in the halls of the Minnesota State Capitol.
It talks about Dan Hall of Midwest Chaplains who has had a prayer "ministry" at the state capitol for the last three years. Lloydletta's Nooz broke the story about Urban Ventures and the Colin Powell Youth Center signing on to Midwest Chaplains Day of Prayer for the Bachmann amendment (An image of Prayer Proclamation is available here.)
Well here's some more background on this ministry:
Chaplain Dan Hall's Wednesday prayer meeting attracts a range of high-powered guests, including lobbyists, but the group is most animated when legislators stop in to visit and pray. Thus, when Republican Representative Larry Howes of Walker was introduced, everyone straightened in their seats. "What you’re doing makes a difference here at the Capitol," Howes began. "It may not always seem that way, but I can assure you that your prayers are heard."
"What's your passion?" Hall asked.
"Politics," Howes answered, before transitioning into a detailed policy discussion about what’s really on his mind—namely, a nursing home in his district that is in danger of losing its state funding. "It's a big payroll, and the loss of that would devastate our local economy," he said.
The formerly gay man raised his hand. "Should we pray that the governor will sign the bill for the nursing home?"
"Sure," Howes replied. "Yeah."
He then launched into another passion, concerning a letter someone had sent to Republican Representative Paul Gazelka, which disapproved of his support for a measure that would ban gay marriage. According to Howes, the author works for the Crow Wing County Human Services Department. "And I want you to know that I've already looked into de-funding that agency," he announced with a pointed look at Hall.
A constituent writes a letter that the representative disagrees with. So the representative tries to defund the agency for whom the constituent works. Chilling.
According to an online resume, Dan Hall has no formal religious training nor even a formal ordination, despite serving as an assistant pastor, administrative pastor, associate pastor, and senior pastor to four congregations dating back to 1982. This is not unusual. Among some Pentecostals and members of other independent, evangelical denominations, there is an institutional suspicion of formal religious training, and many of their church leaders are not ordained, at least not in accredited seminaries or divinity schools. Instead, they are accepted as spiritual leaders on the basis of their faith, leadership, and charisma. Hall, a married father of eight, seems to have established himself in that tradition and done quite well. In addition to being founder and executive director of Midwest Chaplains and its Capitol Prayer Network, he is city chaplain of Burnsville, where he ministers to police and emergency services personnel.
Hall claims his voluntary ministry at the Capitol began after House Chaplain Lonnie Titus told him "he couldn't handle it all on his own." In contrast, Titus claims that Hall approached him about getting involved at the Capitol. Regardless of whose idea it was, nobody disputes that Hall's Capitol ministry began in the fall of 2001, when he stationed himself outside the Senate chambers and introduced himself to members.
My guess: Hall is lying on this one.
Four years later, his routine hasn’t changed much. "I come down to the Capitol after the traffic," Hall explains. "And I begin my route." He starts on the top floor of the State Office Building. "I peek my head into offices, say hello to staff and legislators and just see where that goes. I see what I can do to help, and I always try to bring God into it." When he is not busy with the individual needs of legislators and staff, Hall conducts "prayer tours" of the Capitol for groups interested in praying at the usual tour stops, such as the Senate chambers.
Hall also maintains an email list of "Capitol intercessors" whom he contacts with specific prayer requests when a "moral or spiritual issue" such as abortion, gay rights, or methamphetamine use arises. "I've been told that because I'm a chaplain I must be a Republican," Hall admitted. "I'm more conservative, yes, but really what I'm doing is based on Biblical truth. I call it 'political evangelism,' but it's not politics."
Lonnie Titus disputes Hall's depiction of his ministry. "I serve as a chaplain to all of the people [at the House of Representatives]," Titus explained. "But Dan, he's the front guy if you're pro-life, pro-marriage." The distinction is important and legal. For Dan Hall's ministry to be granted federal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status as a nonprofit organization it must meet several criteria, one of the most important being that it "may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities"—even, presumably, if that means influencing God to influence legislation. Bluntly, the regulations prohibiting religious organizations from explicit political advocacy do not allow for much interpretation, and Hall—otherwise a literalist in Scriptural matters—knows it. "A lot of pastors don't stand up for issues and that’s how we got into the mess that we’re in today," Hall said. "They're all worried about losing their 'tax-exempt.'" Intentionally or not, Chaplain Dan Hall and his supporters at the Legislature may be redefining the boundaries of religious political advocacy in Minnesota.
There needs to be complaints filed with the Minnesota Department of Revenue and the IRS about this organization.
But look who walks in for a prayer:
The last guest at Chaplain Dan Hall's Wednesday prayer meeting was Duane Coleman, vice president for Development at the Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center in South Minneapolis. Supported by organizations like Best Buy, ADC, and General Mills, the center is a $12.6 million South Minneapolis project designed to help inner-city youth acquire secondary-school educations. Duane Coleman has been a repeat guest at Dan Hall's prayer gatherings, and when he arrived on this day, Hall encouraged him to describe the results of the prayers he’d received the week before.
Coleman said that, before last week, only the Senate version of the new bonding bill included cash for the Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center. "So I came last week and we prayed over this," Coleman explained. "And somehow, through divine favor, the money ended up in the House bill, too."
A late arrival, a woman in the back of the room, raised her hand. "Is your group Christian?"
Coleman nodded vigorously. "Yes."
"So what are we praying for today?"
"Success in conference committee!" Coleman replied.
Like many before him, Coleman stood before the group with his eyes closed as the Cannon Falls ladies and Myrna Howes prayed for him. "Lord, my husband is a legislator and I know he received a lot of letters on behalf of this saying it won't do anything," Howes intoned. "Well, I hope those letters to turn to dust."
With that, the meeting was over. The group quickly dispersed into dimly lit Capitol hallways filled with legislators on their way to lunch. Charlotte Herzog, however, stopped to tell me how much she appreciates Dan Hall’s ministry at the Capitol. "You know," she said. "Prayer is just so much more effective than all those committee hearings and meetings."
I guess on this one, my prayers were answered. The taxpayers were saved from subsidizing the Colin Powell Boondoggle. It was stripped from the conference committee.
Posted by lloydletta at 9:06 PM
Friday, October 08, 2010
My name is Shelley Madore and I am running for Congress in Minnesota's Second District. First and foremost, however, I am the mother of two incredible children.
Recently, incumbent John Kline voted down legislation designed to prevent harassment, humiliation, and torturous bullying of our children. The legislation was appropriately titled, “The Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA)”. The SSIA would call on schools and districts that receive federal funds to adopt anti-bullying policies and codes of conduct that specifically prohibit bullying or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation and perceived or actual gender identity. More than 120 organizations supported this legislation including ARC, PACER Center,
and the Autism Society.
As anyone who has been through adolescence knows, harassment and bullying can take an incredible toll on a child’s education and daily mental and physical well-being. As a mother of two children with disabilities, this resonates even more.
How could any rational adult deny our children a safe school environment?
John Kline did.
While in school, our children deserve an atmosphere where they can be themselves, without ridicule or bullying of any kind. We all know that growing up is difficult and that life won’t always present us with situations that are fair. But our kids deserve an educational environment that encourages healthy growth and learning.
If the Republicans take over Congress, incumbent John Kline stands to become the head of the House Education Committee. When our children board the bus each morning, as parents we expect that they will be safe in school. If John Kline remains in Congress, we stand to lose that assurance.
As your next Congressperson, I will work hard to provide a world-class education for every American. But I need your help. Our school children need your help!
Don’t let John Kline become the next Education Committee Chair.
Please, go to MadoreForCongress.com and make a contribution of $50, $100, $250 or whatever you can
I ask for your support. Click HERE to contribute today.
Together, we can assure that our children are safe from harm in school.
Posted by lloydletta at 3:32 PM
Thursday, September 23, 2010
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Wednesday, September 08, 2010
From Focus on the Family's Citizen Link:
SOCIAL ISSUES STILL RESONATE
Nevertheless, Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellow Ministries, president of the Colson Center and catalyst behind The Manhattan Declaration, cautioned Republicans not to be overly confident with an "economics alone" strategy.
A political tactician in his own right, Colson wrote on www.ManhattanDeclaration.org:
We have just learned that the Republican congressional leadership--feeling supremely confident that they can win back Congress campaigning only on economic issues--seems poised to promote a midterm election agenda that does not even mention the party's historical commitment to life, marriage and religious liberty.
We long for the day when both of our great political parties embrace a culture of life, a defense of the traditional family, and a commitment to religious liberty. For the one party which has in recent years officially supported these issues to now retreat would be a dreadful and highly symbolic act.
We also ask you to e-mail the offices of Republican House leader John Boehner and Republican Whip Eric Cantor urging them not to backtrack on the Republican Party's commitment to life, liberty, and traditional marriage. Or you can call Rep. Boehner's office at (202) 225-4000, or Rep. Cantor's office at (202) 225-0197.
Some high-profile conservative leaders have in recent weeks weakened their support of traditional marriage. We know the supporters of so-called gay "marriage" are well-financed and aggressive. But this struggle within the Republican Party tells us we've got to do a better job of making our case.
Use the arguments so well articulated in the Manhattan Declaration. And remember, your job is not just to sign a statement or even get others to do so, important as that is; it is for you to become an advocate.
Minnesota Republican governor candidate, Tom Emmer is running away from emphasizing social issues during the campaign, preferring to appeal on these issues under the radar. Teresa Collett, who testified in favor of the Federal Marriage Amendment is saying squat about that issue in her campaign for congress against Betty McCollum.
Posted by lloydletta at 8:30 PM
Monday, August 30, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Republican leadership is working hard to prevent a party split. Millions of Tea Party supporters are justifiably fed up with the GOP, and threatening to abandon the GOP in favor of a third party if Republicans do not fully attack out-of-control federal spending and power with a commitment to constitutional government.
That danger cuts both ways.
Social conservatives cannot be played as fools by the Republican Party. They are not “useful idiots.” If Republican leaders abandon social conservatives and the party platform, then they will face the same kind of disaster they could be facing if Tea Partiers abandon the GOP. -- Millions of social conservatives will either stay home, or will vote for a third-party candidate who takes up the mantle of marriage, life, faith and family.
Now even anti-gay activist candidates such as Michele Bachmann and Theresa Collett are downplaying their support of constitutional amendments to ban gays from participating in the institution of marriage. Collett testified in favor of the Federal Marriage Amendment. Now on her campaign website, the issue is nowhere to be found.
Posted by lloydletta at 9:44 PM
Indeed, the former Republican chief is just one of several political VIPs whose homosexuality Rogers correctly exposed — giving added credence to Rogers’ accusations against his latest target, Illinois Republican and U.S. Senate hopeful Rep. Mark Kirk. Here is a piece in Chicago’s HillBuzz blog — run by homosexuals — that claims that both Kirk and Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) are homosexuals. (Both Kirk and Schock have denied that they are homosexuals.)
Homosexuals have the complete freedom to compete in the battle for control of the Republican Party, but they shouldn’t do so in secret. Republicans deserved a party chairman who was really working to defend tradtional marriage, not a fake conservative like Mehlman who, as a covert “gay” activist, was actually working to undermine it. Too bad Steele couldn’t find words to address that aspect of the Mehlman story instead of acting like the embrace of homosexuality is a swell thing.
What got Peter's undies in a bunch? Party chair, Michael Steele, said positive things about Ken Mehlman coming out as gay.
LaBarbara is shocked, shocked I tell you:
The latest GOP hypocrisy: Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele’s congratulatory words for former RNC chief Ken Mehlman, who has confirmed longstanding rumors that he (Mehlman) is a practicing homosexual.
The Washington Post reports that Steele said this about Mehlman’s “coming out”:
’I am happy for Ken,’ Steele said. ‘His announcement, often a very difficult decision which is only compounded when done on the public stage, reaffirms for me why we are friends and why I respect him personally and professionally.’”
Why couldn’t Mr. Steele just have kept quiet about this tragic revelation by which another sexually confused man seeks to rationalize his misbehavior (sin) by declaring homosexuality part of his inherent being? Nope, instead, like a three-year-old boy approaching a puddle, Steele just had to step in it.
Posted by lloydletta at 8:31 PM
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Posted by lloydletta at 2:23 PM
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Image of National Organization for Marriage/Minnesota Family Council Mailer Going After Paul Koering
Posted by lloydletta at 8:25 PM
It's the Parents Action League. They have put alot of effort into hiding who they are.
The group's concerns include:
- The pro-gay activist teachers who fail to abide by district policies and use their classroom to promote their personal agenda(s)
- An increase in pro-gay curriculum materials and resources used in our schools
The health risks to students who are affirmed and labeled as "gay" and who may participate in homosexual acts
- Lack of resources and assistance for those students seeking to leave the homosexual lifestyle
- The first middle school Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) at Anoka Middle School for the Arts
There are no names associated with the group, though, Barb Anderson, MFC employee has been active with promoting anti-gay hysteria within the Anoka Hennepin School District. Some of Anderson's letters to the editor are quoted on the PAL website.
Anderson also recently was a guest on hate-monger Bradlee Dean's radio show. On the show, she gloats about how as one person, she has become very powerful within the Anoka Hennepin School District.
Governor candidate Tom Emmer has been harshly criticised for his connections to Bradlee Dean. In response, he gave a statement to the Minnesota Independent distancing himself from Dean:
“You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International is a ministry based in Annandale, a few miles north of Tom’s home town Delano. As a representative of the Wright County area, Tom has met with many, perhaps most of the residents of the area, and has doorknocked across the county.
Tom did meet Bradlee Dean while campaigning, and may have doorknocked his house.
Tom has also appeared on AM1280 and KKMS, including on Bradlee Dean’s radio show. Tom has appeared on many other radio stations and shows as well.
Tom is not a donor to the You Can Run But You Cannot Hide ministry, and has never appeared as a spokesman at one of their fundraising events. He did attend a meet-and-greet before a fundraising event held by the ministry to mingle with the hundreds of attendees.
Tom’s position on social issues has been very clear and consistent. He is a supporter of traditional marriage, and he strongly opposes any kind of violence or unfair discrimination against any group.
Some of Bradlee Dean's greatest hits include:
Muslims are calling for the executions of homosexuals in America. This just shows you they themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible of the Judeo-Christian God, but they seem to be more moral than even the American Christians do, because these people are livid about enforcing their laws. They know homosexuality is an abomination.
On his website, Dean states he was taken out of context. However you can listen to the full context of his remarks in the above video.
Dean went on to state:
The bottom line is this… they [homosexuals] play the victim when they are, in fact, the predator. On average, they molest 117 people before they’re found out. How many kids have been destroyed, how many adults have been destroyed because of crimes against nature?
Barb Anderson is an employee of the Minnesota Family Council. The MFC frequently claims they are not a hate group. Why do they send their employees on a radio show that regularly spews hatred for gays?
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities is excited to be joined by gubernatorial candidates Mark Dayton and Tom Horner for a forum on rural issues at our annual summer conference, Thursday, August 19, at 4:00 p.m. in Winona. We look forward to hearing how their visions for improving the economic viability of our communities fit into their overall solutions for bridging the state’s $6 billion budget gap.
There is no better opportunity to explain why you will be a champion for rural Minnesota than by debating the other candidates for governor in front of the mayors, city council members, and city staff that make up the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities. That is why we are disheartened that Rep. Emmer has declined this opportunity. We hope Rep. Emmer reconsiders his invitation and joins Mark Dayton and Tom Horner in an open and honest conversation on the issues that will affect the 2.4 million Minnesotans living in greater Minnesota. We also hope Rep. Emmer reevaluates the message that his absence at this critical forum sends to greater Minnesota communities.
Emmer probably didn't want to answer questions about Local Government Aid.
Posted by lloydletta at 9:20 PM
Sunday, August 15, 2010
According to Mark Knief President of Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota, Tom Emmer did offer to speak to Log Cabin Republicans last winter prior to the endorsement. "We haven't worked out the arrangements yet."
"We haven't decided whether to endorse Tom Emmer for Governor - or to make any endorsements with the slate of constitutional offices."
I asked for his comment about the Republican Party and Tom Emmer's relationship with Bradlee Dean and You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, and he said: "Bradlee Dean and You Can Run But You Cannot Hide are Extremists, and the Party should distance themselves from them."
"There is no doubt in my mind that the general tide is turning within the Republican Party. I think this is the theocratic right's last stand."
I also asked about legislative candidate endorsements, and Mark said they endorsed a number of candidates, and that "The pro-equality candidates are typically city candidates and candidates all over the state are more willing to be educated."
Posted by lloydletta at 7:30 PM
This raises the issue: Why Would the Chamber of Commerce support Tom Emmer? Repost of Lloydletta's Nooz, March 12, 2008.
Emmer Shows Up at Abler's Convention
You may be wondering why I am behaving as I have been since my convention voted 58-42 to ratify my votes and actions over my 10 years.
Shockingly to me, Rep Emmer showed up at the convention on Saturday around 9:45, declaring himself as representing the caucus. “Marty went south, and I went north.”
Following a nice commendation of Rep Hackbarth for providing good representation of his district (no mention of me), Tom went onto bash the “Democrat transportation tax bill.” The entire speech lasted 7 or 8 minutes, during which time the crowd got actively engaged, since as a group they were about 3:1 opposed to the bill and many were angry at me anyway. When comments came about “those 6 republicans” Tom gestured in an encouraging way, and crowd whipped into a frenz y against those 6 (including me) resembling an Obama rally. There was no doubt as to the local object of this aggression, me. As he closed, he received tumultuous applause and left.
When David Olson of the Mn Chamber arrived, he was treated harshly by the crowd and booed due to the firey mood of the crowd after Emmer’s speech.
When I approached Marty prior to the convention for a letter stating that I had been a good caucus member except for this singular vote with which he vehemently disagreed, he declined stating that didn’t I remember that the caucus was not going to do any help in my election. Which I accepted.
What shocked me is that the caucus would send Tom Emmer who has obvious and unresolved anger issues toward me and expect his appearance in already tense situation to go well. I think in human resource circles they call this the Worst Possible Decision.
I have been a member of the caucus for 10 years, but cannot recall even any stories about the caucus attacking a sitting member during an endorsing process, especially when the opponent is “no endorsement” and particularly when that member is supported by business and the MCCL.
The caucus punishment story about us 6 had died down with the advent of the budget forecast and the governor’s response. The Emmer rant at my convention has given all of this retribution talk new life, and we are now becoming known as the party of the robot.
I think we had better look inside each of ourselves and see where we are going to wind up politically and as a coalition.
I am sending this to members and staff both, because we are all in this together. There has been too much silence already, and this matter has escalated way too far. All our loyal crew deserves to know what is going on and what transpired.
Now you know what happened.
If you don’t happen to see me at caucus, you shouldn’t be surprised. It is hard to leave your backside open to a “family” who has tried to blatantly defeat you.
State Rep. Jim Abeler
Former Minority Lead
Health and Human Services Finance
Room 203 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
Posted by lloydletta at 9:49 AM
Monday, August 09, 2010
She shares the great stories about Bradlee Dean, Tom Emmer Target, Tim Pawlenty and his mosque panic, et al.
Friday, August 06, 2010
Nothing is more irritating than the 'non-apology' apology.
I read the text of your 8/5/10 letter on the Star Tribune website. I didn't see any acknowledgement that making the $150k donation to Minnesota Forward was a mistake, nor did I see an apology for making the donation. What I did read was was that you were sorry that your decision hurt some feelings, and you're planning on some meetings to talk about diversity. In the sole interest of supporting 'a business climate conducive to growth' (maybe), Target's generosity is helping a candidate for governor who is, in my opinion totally unsuitable for the role of governor. Have you paid any attention to Rep. Emmer's prior speeches and writings? Have you heard any specifics about his plan to make massive cuts in state spending? Did you ever watch him in action on the floor of the Minnesota House?
I know many smart, intuitive, ambitious people who have been successful in careers with Target. I would suggest that Target wouldn't be able to hire Mr. Emmer for any sort of management role - if he had to take the personality test. If he answered the questions honestly, he would not fit the profile of a successful leader at Target. Further, based on my understanding of the Target corporate culture, Rep. Emmer's unwillingness to present any specific plans that support his rhetoric would not be acceptable to Target management. Nobody (including Mr. Emmer's supporters) is holding him accountable for his rhetoric.
And yet, in the interest of 'a business climate conducive to growth ' (maybe), you think it's a good idea to have him in the governor's office for four years. I am stunned at the prospect.
I am in the process of transitioning my pharmacy needs from Target to Walgreens. I'm probably going to lose some savings and convenience, but I'm okay with that loss.
I have no idea whether this dust-up has caused any harm to your company, other than bad publicity - I'm sure somewhere there is a forecast model being updated that addresses a loss of sales, but it may not be significant to the overall corporate results.
But, be assured, I will never again spend another dollar at Target, and I am encouraging friends and family to do the same.
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Scalia Was Right
Why the same-sex marriage ruling will stand.
By JAMES TARANTO
For the first time, a federal judge has held that the Constitution mandates the legal redefinition of marriage. The California Supreme Court had reached a similar conclusion in 2008, and voters responded by amending the state constitution via a ballot measure known as Proposition 8. If yesterday's ruling is eventually upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, it would mandate same-sex marriage nationwide. The Los Angeles Times describes the ruling in Perry v. Schwarzenegger:
"California 'has no interest in differentiating between same-sex and opposite-sex unions,' U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker said in his 136-page ruling. . . .
Previous court decisions have established that the ability to marry is a fundamental right that cannot be denied to people without a compelling rationale, Walker said. Proposition 8 violated that right and discriminated on the basis of both sex and sexual orientation in violation of the equal protection clause, he ruled.
"Walker stayed his ruling at least until Friday, when he will hold another hearing," the Times reports. Presumably it will be appealed to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. That circuit is notoriously liberal, so one would expect the ruling would be likelier than not to be upheld, whereupon it would go to the Supreme Court.
If the Ninth Circuit upholds Walker's decision, the Supreme Court would almost certainly agree to hear an appeal, which would present the practical equivalent of a circuit split. Although this is, so far as we know, a novel question for U.S. appellate courts, such a ruling by the Ninth Circuit would establish same-sex marriage as a federal constitutional right within that court's jurisdiction (nine Western states plus a couple of insular territories), at a time when it is illegal in all but a handful of other states.
So how would the Supreme Court rule? In the sense that it is a speculative question, nobody really knows. The New York Times has an amusingly uninformative piece, the gist of which is that hardly anyone is willing to venture a prediction:
Professor [Doug] NeJaime suggested the case might turn on the court's traditional swing vote, Anthony M. Kennedy, who has shaped decisions that struck down laws that discriminated against gay men and lesbians. The rational basis test used by Judge Walker is in line with the standard used by Justice Kennedy in cases like Lawrence v. Texas, which struck down a state sodomy law. By structuring an opinion that allows the Court to use the lower level of scrutiny, Judge Walker "is speaking to Justice Kennedy," he said.
Professor Jesse H. Choper, a professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley, said that it was too soon to tell which way Justice Kennedy might come down on the issue of same-sex marriage. "I have no way of predicting how he'd come down on this, and I don't think he does, either, at this point."
So it all comes down to that wild and crazy Justice Kennedy, and by gosh, you just never know what he's going to do!
We disagree, and we are prepared to offer up a prediction: When the Supreme Court takes up Perry v. Schwarzenegger--perhaps under the name Brown v. Perry or Whitman v. Perry--the justices will rule 5-4, in a decision written by Justice Kennedy, that there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
This accepts the conventional assumption that the court's "liberal" and "conservative" wings will split predictably, 4-4. Yet while Kennedy cannot be pigeonholed in terms of "ideology," on this specific topic, he has been consistent in taking a very broad view of the rights of homosexuals. He not only voted with the majority but wrote the majority opinions in two crucial cases: Romer v. Evans (1996) and Lawrence v. Texas (2003).
Romer struck down an amendment to the Colorado Constitution that nullified state or local ordinances barring discrimination on the basis of "homosexual, lesbian or bisexual orientation, conduct, practices or relationships." This provision, adopted by ballot initiative, violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, Justice Kennedy wrote for the court:
We must conclude that Amendment 2 classifies homosexuals not to further a proper legislative end but to make them unequal to everyone else. This Colorado cannot do. A State cannot so deem a class of persons a stranger to its laws.
In Lawrence, the court overturned a 1986 ruling and held that state laws criminalizing consensual homosexual sodomy violated the constitutional right of privacy:
In our tradition the State is not omnipresent in the home. And there are other spheres of our lives and existence, outside the home, where the State should not be a dominant presence. Freedom extends beyond spatial bounds. Liberty presumes an autonomy of self that includes freedom of thought, belief, expression, and certain intimate conduct. The instant case involves liberty of the person both in its spatial and more transcendent dimensions.
In his Perry ruling, Judge Walker cited both Romer and Lawrence, arguing that their logic leads inexorably to a finding that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. One jurist who agrees is Justice Antonin Scalia, who sharply dissented in Lawrence (citations omitted):
Today's opinion dismantles the structure of constitutional law that has permitted a distinction to be made between heterosexual and homosexual unions, insofar as formal recognition in marriage is concerned. If moral disapprobation of homosexual conduct is "no legitimate state interest" for purposes of proscribing that conduct, and if, as the Court coos (casting aside all pretense of neutrality), "[w]hen sexuality finds overt expression in intimate conduct with another person, the conduct can be but one element in a personal bond that is more enduring," what justification could there possibly be for denying the benefits of marriage to homosexual couples exercising "[t]he liberty protected by the Constitution"? Surely not the encouragement of procreation, since the sterile and the elderly are allowed to marry. This case "does not involve" the issue of homosexual marriage only if one entertains the belief that principle and logic have nothing to do with the decisions of this Court.
Those who see Justice Kennedy's position in Perry as difficult to predict in effect entertain "the belief that principle and logic have nothing to do" with his decisions on the court. Is this belief justified?
In arguing that it is, one might point to Boy Scouts of America v. Dale , a 2000 case in which Kennedy joined Chief Justice William Rehnquist's 5-4 opinion striking down New Jersey's effort, pursuant to state antidiscrimination laws, to force the Boy Scouts to admit gays. But this was not in reality a decision against gay rights; it was a decision in favor of the scouts' rights to free expression and association. Kennedy's vote in this case showed him to be more principled than the court's liberals in his adherence to the First Amendment.
In Perry, however, the defendants are unlikely to be able to counter the plaintiffs' claims by arguing that forcing states to recognize same-sex marriage violates anyone's individual rights. Their appeals are to tradition, morality and the collective right of the people to self-government--worthy arguments, we would say, but ones Justice Kennedy has already rejected in Romer and Lawrence.
As to why we think Kennedy will write the decision, that's easy: The writing of opinions is assigned by the most senior justice in the majority, and Kennedy is now the court's most senior member outside the conservative bloc.
Some proponents of same-sex marriage have argued that bringing this litigation now was a foolish move. "The Supreme Court, they reasoned in early 2009, was not ready to declare a right to SSM," as Dale Capenter puts it at Volokh.com. "Premature litigation, they feared, would do more harm than good. . . . Well, nothing has changed." Purely as a bit of strategic analysis, this argument seems wrong to us.
Arguably "nothing has changed" since 2009 in terms of either side's prospects for success before the Supreme Court. But with four justices now in their 70s, including Kennedy, the makeup of the court is likely to change considerably over the next decade.
The direction of that change depends on who is president and on the partisan split in the Senate, which means that it is anyone's guess. Plausible scenarios for just three years from now range from President Obama and a modest Democratic majority to a conservative Republican president and a large GOP majority.
The former outcome would produce a court more amenable to same-sex marriage, but as a hedge against the latter--which, by the way, now seems likelier than it did in 2009--it was smart for the plaintiffs to move ahead when they did, so that they are almost assured of reaching the Supreme Court while Justice Kennedy is still there.
Posted by lloydletta at 7:25 PM
From the Huffington Post analysing Obama's tepid response to Prop 8 overturn:
Still, it's probably unfair of me to single out the White House and the president for this shameful display of muddle-mouthed lip service. After all, they're just behaving like typical Democrats. Sure, there are individual exceptions, but as a general rule, Democrats treat the LGBT community as a captive constituency. They may not be able or willing to come out in favor of gay marriage, but at least they aren't Republicans, right? Democratic party leaders may oppose gay marriage -- or at least demonstrate a studied unwillingness to take a stand on the issue. But at least they aren't Tom Emmer -- openly hostile to equal rights of any kind and friendly with groups who take a Uganda-esque view of homosexuality -- right? That counts for something, doesn't it?
OutFront Action has compiled Tom Emmer's anti-gay voting record. It goes beyond supporting the Bachmann amendment.
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At least some legal experts said his lengthy recitation of the testimony could bolster his ruling during the appeals to come. Higher courts generally defer to trial judges' rulings on factual questions that stem from a trial, although they still could determine that he was wrong on the law.
John Eastman, a conservative scholar who supported Proposition 8, said Walker's analysis and detailed references to trial evidence were likely to persuade U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, a swing vote on the high court, to rule in favor of same-sex marriage.
"I think Justice Kennedy is going to side with Judge Walker," said the former dean of Chapman University law school.
Barry McDonald, a constitutional law professor at Pepperdine University, said Walker's findings that homosexuality is a biological status instead of a voluntary choice, that children don't suffer harm when raised by same-sex couples and that Proposition 8 was based primarily on irrational fear of homosexuality "are going to make it more difficult for appellate courts to overturn this court's ruling."
Posted by lloydletta at 12:17 AM
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Proposition 8, the California Constitutional Amendment banning gay couples from participating in the institution of marriage has been overturned in federal court. From the decision:
Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples. Because California has no interest in discriminating against gay men and lesbians, and because Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis, the court concludes that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.
Where is the self-described "tip of the spear" with the "titanium spine"?
Liberty Counsel is blaming the Alliance Defense Fund for the loss.
The screeching and whining from the usual suspects is expected. Pam Spaulding has an amusing collection.
Dale Carpenter opines on the decision here.
Posted by lloydletta at 9:26 PM
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Sunday, May 02, 2010
I don't think he'll get very far.
Leslie Davis for Governor
May 2, 2010
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Contact: Leslie Davis 612/522-9433
Leslie Davis to the primary
Leslie Davis officially announced today that he will enter the August 10th Republican Party gubernatorial primary election.
Davis said, “I will not sit idly by while Tom Emmer, the endorsed Republican Party candidate for Governor, and his cohorts, Coleman, Weber, Palin, Gingrich, et al, further the financial destruction of Minnesota and America. At this critical time in our history, having an insurance company lawyer representing our great state and the wonderful people of Minnesota is abhorrent to me.”
Had Mr. Seifert been the endorsed candidate I could have supported him because he would have supported the Davis Money Plan. Tom Emmer wouldn’t even read it. Even though I disagree with Mr. Seifert on the expansion of nuclear power and continuing the drug war, he is an ethical and reasonable man who, over time, may have been influenced to re-consider his position on those issues.
On the contrary, I have observed Tom Emmer carefully during the many months of campaigning and I have determined that he is a shallow, mean-spirited demagogue. While it is no secret that Emmer is an insurance company lawyer, he often obfuscated that fact by referring to himself as a small business owner. No one I know considers a lawyer a small business owner. Emmer has sworn an oath to the judiciary (MS 358.07) and that is where his loyalty lies. He cannot serve fairly.
Davis said he will continue his quest for the Governorship because his Money Plan is the only way to restore Minnesota's economy and balance the budget. Implementing the Davis Money Plan will create jobs and the cash flow needed by the economy with no new debt, no new taxes, and no cuts to programs.
The Davis Money Plan provides for a statute that will enable state-regulated banks to create the money, just like they do now when they make loans, to pay for the construction and maintenance of all Minnesota roads and bridges. The exception is that under the Davis Plan, the new electronic numbers will be an evidence of wealth not debt. Remember, “you can’t pay debt with debt and get out of debt.”
Posted by lloydletta at 8:25 PM
Friday, April 23, 2010
Andy Birkey at Minnesota Independent has the story.
I called Klobuchar's office for comment. They indicated they were aware of the story, but their communications person didn't return my call to comment on it. I also contacted Monica Meyer from Outfront Minnesota for comment, and she has not returned my call.
Several hundred LGBT-equality supporters rallied at the State Capitol Wednesday to urge elected officials to move forward on key provisions such as same-sex marriage, a repeal of the military’s ban on openly LGBT servicemembers, and LGBT-inclusive immigration reform. Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Rep. Michele Bachmann were the expected targets of rally attendees, who say both are detrimental to LGBT rights. But Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar drew a surprising amount of criticism — from a community that votes largely DFL — for her lack of leadership on several key pieces of legislation.
Wes Davey of Veterans for Peace was especially critical of Klobuchar. Davey — who served in the armed forces for three decades, including in Iraq and Kuwait — has been working toward a repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. He praised Sen. Al Franken for being among 25 Senate cosponsors of a bill to repeal the policy as well as House repeal supporters Reps. Tim Walz, Betty McCollum, Keith Ellison and James Oberstar.
“Unfortunately, Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s name is absent form the list of cosponsors; her lack of support for the repeal is difficult to understand,” he said. “Despite our campaign contributions and our overwhelming support for her during the 2006 election, Sen. Klobuchar’s lack of support has put her in the company of Michele Bachamnn, Tim Pawlenty, John Kline and Collin Peterson.”
“I’m asking you here today to say enough is enough.”
Davey and a woman held up a sign bearing Klobuchar’s office phone number. “Join me in making a daily phone call,” he said. “Please get out your cell phone right now and take down her Washington phone number. If you are visually impaired, I will read that for you: 202-224-3244.”
I hope the Minnesota Independent follows up with Klobuchar to get a comment.
Posted by lloydletta at 10:13 PM
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
From Sue Ek's facebook:
King Banaian recently asked me to run his campaign and I was honored to accept. Besides that and the other interests listed above, I run a national non-profit organization representing the Billings Ovulation Method that has its world headquarters in Australia. Our website is www.boma-usa.org.
Sue Ek lived in St Paul, but ran for a St Cloud seat in a special election for the state house. She had to pull out of the election because her residency in the district was challenged in court.
Posted by lloydletta at 9:05 PM
Friday, March 26, 2010
The ruling was sought by Hennepin County (PDF), when four of its board members — Mike Opat, Peter McLaughlin, Mark Stenglein and Randy Johnson — were invited to participate in opening day ceremonies. Those were the four who faced public wrath when they voted in favor of using a special Hennepin County sales tax to fund the public's portion of the new ballpark.
Opat will play the biggest role in opening day ceremonies, because he played the biggest role in pushing the measure, which did not allow a public referendum, through a reluctant Legislature. He's to be one of four people throwing out the first pitch at the first regular-season home game.
Opat, it should be noted, will have a seat because he had purchased a season-ticket package through regular means.
But even though the others were asked by the team to participate in the ceremonies and even though the team was willing to sell them seats at face value, the campaign finance board answered with a resounding "No!"
Purchasing those tickets, the board ruled, would be a gift.
Posted by lloydletta at 6:28 PM
Thursday, March 18, 2010
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Pam Spaulding has more.
The role of HRC in pressing the WH
The largest LBGT organization in the country, the Human Rights Campaign -- with nearly a million members, according to president and executive director Joe Solmonese -- is seen by the White House, Congress, and the mainstream media as the community's official representative inside the Beltway. HRC had the ear of the White House -- attending strategy meetings on LGBT policy, and appeared numerous times at public social and political events, such as the signing of the hate crimes bill.
While many in the LGBT community have criticized HRC on many occasions (including yours truly), the motivation, at least on my part, I cannot speak for others, is that its position and responsibility is so critical now that we have an administration that has made promises --and dodged action.
If DADT is not repealed in 2010, you're not going to see it happen in this administration's first term. Between retirements, deaths, and poor leadership, Democratic control of Congress is in jeopardy this year. When Scott Brown won the "Ted Kennedy" seat in Massachusetts, you saw a distinct panic and desire to move to the middle, a signal that hot button issues (read: civil rights for LGBTs) were going to be submerged, deemed too controversial. The administration cannot guarantee there will be a second term either.
Repealing DADT is not controversial with the public -- polls have been strongly in favor of repeal for some time now with Colin Powell and Dick Cheney of all people calling for repeal. There is no reason for timidity in calling for accountability now that Secretary of Defense Gates and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mullen have called for this policy to end.
Tax-paying LGBTs have pulled out their wallets for the Human Rights Campaign for years, waiting for the day their investment would result in action once a gay-friendly administration and Congress were finally in place. Now is the time time to act. We need the full force of HRC flexing its political muscle to call for the President to publicly press for repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.
If we have "White House officials" floating that it could take years before repeal, then we know there is not leadership going on at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But we do know that repeal of DADT could be included in the Defense Budget he sends to Congress soon if pressed to do so.
What can you do?
This is a call for you to tell HRC that it's time to use its role and reach in an assertive, public manner as other organizations -- such as the AFL-CIO -- have had to do to move its issues onto the priority list of this White House.
HRC Front Desk: (202) 628-4160
TTY: (202) 216-1572
Toll-Free: (800) 777-4723
Posted by lloydletta at 10:35 PM
Remember Rep. Nancy Elliott, who shared her anal sex fantasies at a hearing to repeal same sex marriage in New Hampshire? Well now she has been called to back up her claims that anal sex is being taught to 5th graders in the Nashua public schools, and she has now backed off her claim.
CONCORD – Merrimack Republican State Rep. Nancy Elliott apologized Tuesday and withdrew her claim that gay sex was being taught to fifth graders in Nashua public schools.
At the beginning of a House Judiciary Committee meeting, Elliott read a statement.
“I would like to apologize to Judiciary Committee, the Nashua public schools and its employees and the speaker as well as anyone else affected by what I said,’’ Elliott said. “I will try much harder in the future to verify fully my statement.’’
The Telegraph reported Friday on Elliott’s comments, made during a judiciary committee hearing last week for a bill that would repeal same-sex marriage, in which she said she had been told by a “mother” that fifth-graders in Nashua had been shown pictures of naked men and taught about gay sex. Nashua school officials insisted her charge was false.
“This statement made in the Judiciary Committee had caused some controversy so I went back to my source for the statement to verify the information that I had received,’’ Elliott said. “I found that I could not confirm the accuracy of the information.”
From the comments:
Nancy Elliott's To Do List
1. Make a weak attempt at covering my a$$ (DONE)
2. Apologize to Nashua educators and students for getting them caught up in my lies
3. Apologize to GLBT community for attempting to deny them their civil rights
4. Apologize to citizens of Merrimack for making people think we're ALL idiots
5. Apologize to fellow NH Representatives for my vile public sex talk and video
6. Apologize to police for asking them to investigate my false report and making them look bad
7. Apologize to YouTube for bogging down their servers from downloads of my vile video
8. Apologize to Republican party for being yet another unbridled wing nut
9. Apologize to staff, pack up my office and put boxes into storage
10. Apologize to God, parents and family for not making better use of my life
well yeah watch em all distance themselves from her. Now some other house republican is carrying the torch to repeal same sex marriage in NH. But thanks to the power of the internet the video will never, ever go away. It's there forever and for always and we can use it to hammer home the message of the kind of mentality that is anti-civil rights. It can be used in other state battles as well. Good Going Nancy!!!
Nancy Elliott is a liar. The withdrawal of her egregious and inflammatory statements proves what many have known all along: that she has no credibility and no business being in public office. Rather than serve the interests of her constituents, she uses her position as a platform to spew bigotry, hate and insults.
Ms. Elliott has lied to her peers, made a mockery of her office and the Government of the State of New Hampshire. This has played out on a global technological stage to worldwide jeers and disgust. The negative attention she has generated through her lies will likely be economically damaging to many New Hampshire industries as her actions reflect poorly on the perception businesses have of our state as a stable, tolerant and inclusive place.
The only acceptable apology from Ms. Elliott should be her resignation. We must take steps immediately to remove her from office before she causes further damage and embarrassment to the State and it's residents. Letting the world know we do not tolerate behavior such as Ms. Elliott's will be a good start to what may be a lengthy repair process.
Rep. Nancy Elliott's remarks have made international news.
Posted by lloydletta at 9:55 PM
Monday, February 15, 2010
Check it out here.
It was a dramatic moment for Lt. Dan Choi -- revealing his sexual orientation on national television -- but he couldn't resist paying tribute to the host.
"I love your show, Rachel," Choi said. And then, last March, he told Rachel Maddow why he was there: "By saying three words to you today -- 'I am gay' -- those three words are a violation of Title 10 of the U.S. Code. . . . Basically, they want us to lie about our identity."
Seconds later the satellite feed went down, and the glitch forced the Army lieutenant to come back to the MSNBC program the following night. But it was the start of a sustained effort that reached a milestone this month when the nation's top military officer said he wanted to abolish the hotly debated policy of "don't ask, don't tell" -- at a hearing attended by Maddow.
As one of the few openly gay television anchors, Maddow has kept the spotlight trained on the contentious issue of whether service members known to be homosexual should face discharge proceedings, as Choi did after that interview. But she doesn't view herself as mounting a crusade.
"I was an activist before I went into the media," Maddow says. "It is useful for me to tell my opinion on some things I cover. But I'm not trying to get people to march in the streets or call their congressmen. I don't believe that's my role."
Read the whole thing.
Posted by lloydletta at 7:56 PM
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Gawker has the story.
When it comes to his shadow run for Senate, Harold Ford is a New Yorker through and through. When it comes to paying taxes, though, he's still a Tennessean — he's never filed a New York return.
Ford claims to have moved to New York three years ago, and says paying "New York taxes" makes him a New Yorker. But his spokeswoman confirms to Gawker that he's never filed a New York tax return — meaning that he's never paid New York's income tax, despite keeping an office and a residence in New York City as a vice chairman of Merrill Lynch since 2007: "He pays New York taxes and will file a New York tax return in April for the first time," Ford's spokeswoman Tammy Sun told Gawker. "He will file all necessary personal disclosure and tax forms that candidates are required to file if he chooses to run." (According to Sun, Ford admitted to the tax dodge yesterday at a press availability in Albany, but we can't find any news accounts mentioning the remarks.)
Posted by lloydletta at 11:24 AM
Michele Bachmann Wannabee NH Rep Nancy Elliott Talks Anal Sex at NH Bill to Repeal Same Sex Marriage Hearing
"We're talking about taking the penis of one man, and putting it into the rectum of another man, and wiggling it around in excrement, and you have to think. I'm not sure. Would I allow that to be done to me? All of us — that could happen to you — Would you like that happen to you? Is that normal? Is that something that we want to portray as the same as the one-flesh union between a man and a woman?" Rep. Nancy Elliott
Full video here:
Posted by lloydletta at 10:26 AM
Monday, February 08, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Edge Boston shows the flip flop.
It seems like a position of convenience, now that he is running for Senate in New York.
Posted by lloydletta at 10:31 PM