Tuesday, December 15, 2009

In celebration of D.C. pro-gay marriage vote, let's revisit the 'D.C. hot mess'

This post is for an facebook buddy who says that I'm always posting negative stuff:

Good news out of D.C.:

The City Council passed a measure Tuesday legalizing same-sex marriage, making the nation’s capital the first jurisdiction below the Mason-Dixon Line to allow such unions.

The bill, which passed by an 11-to-2 vote, may still face obstacles in Congress, among city voters and in the courts, but most advocates say they expect it to become law by the spring. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has said he will sign it.

“Today’s vote is an important victory not only for the gay and lesbian community but for everyone who supports equal rights,” said Councilman David A. Catania, an independent and the author of the bill.

Opponents have vowed to overturn the bill by putting it to a referendum or by working with Congress, which has a month to review the measure once it is signed.

The city already recognizes gay marriages performed in states where the practice is legal — Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts and Vermont. New Hampshire will begin allowing same-sex marriage early next year.

Republicans and conservative Democrats in the House, which oversees the district’s budget, are considering a variety of legislative methods for blocking the bill, including adding a rider to future appropriations bills. But Democrats who support the measure can probably prevent that.

In celebration of this victory, I would like to replay a favorite video of mine from the testimony regarding marriage equality in D.C.

With opposition like this . . . never mind. I'm still speechless over it:

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The 'enemy' won in Houston? and other Tuesday midday news briefs

D.C. history: Don't miss it - By the time I come back online, this may have been decided. But thanks to Goodasyou.org, you can catch it!

Unraveling the Right's false attacks on Kevin Jennings - All smears against Jennings and how they are wrong courtesy of Media Matters.

US Right Wing Charities Tied To Uganda Death Bill - Why are we even surprised anymore?

Sentence for hate crime: one year - He deserved more time.

Welch Apologizes For Failing to Defeat The "Enemy" In Houston's Mayoral Race - One guess who the "enemy" is.

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Sen.Jim DeMint fears a gay president

In a recent interview, South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint said the following:

“Marriage is a religious institution. The federal government has no business redefining what it is,” DeMint says. This is one issue where he doesn’t support states’ rights; state government shouldn’t have the right to permit gay marriage: “Governments should not be in the business of promoting a behavior that’s proven to be destructive to our society.”

He cringes at the notion of a gay or lesbian president: “It would be bothersome to me just personally because I consider it immoral.”

Granted it wasn't the only wild thing DeMint said in the interview but that nugget of nuttiness particularly stands out.

I wish the writer, Albert R. Hunt, had allowed DeMint to go into detail about this because it sounds like DeMint was implying that Paul Cameronesque nonsense about "homosexuality being a deadly lifestyle."

I would have loved for him to be nailed for that lie.

Really though, I have to give DeMint points for consistency. He has never particulary like lgbt people.

Back in 2004 when he ran against Inez Tenenbaum for the seat he won, he talked about banning gay teachers.

When he apologized for the comment, the reasoning he gave was highly infuriating:

“I answered as a dad with my heart and I did not answer as a Senate candidate. I apologize for making the remark because it distracted from the debate,”

Then in June of this year, he wrote a letter to various national religious leaders and pastors inaccurately saying lgbt-inclusive hate crimes legislation would lead them being arrested for merely claiming that homosexuality is a sin.

So the fact that DeMint fears having a gay president doesn't surprise any of us lgbts in South Carolina.

It's just more proof that DeMint doesn't care about us - the people whom he was elected to represent.

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