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Website Blaming Gays and Lesbians for Christchurch Quake Taken Off-Line

February 24, 2011 Comments off

Yesterday ReleaseDorothy! reported that a website hosted by Blue Hosting in Provo, UT was blaming the earthquake in Christchurch on a Gay and Lesbian Ski event. 

The website is no longer available by the hosting service. 

Iowa Republicans Introduce Bill Prohibiting Issuance of Marriage Licenses to LGBT Couples

February 24, 2011 3 comments
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Iowa Republicans continue their assault on modern marriage and introduce bill violating the human and civil rights of LGBT citizens wanting to marry in Iowa.

County recorders would be prohibited from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and the Iowa Supreme Court would be unable to rule on the issue under a new bill sponsored by six conservative House Republicans.

House File 330 specifically says that the Supreme Court shall not be able to prohibit or restrict the law if the bill were passed.

Review of laws by the Supreme Court is one of the fundamental pieces of Iowa’s checks and balances system.

However, there is a provision in the Iowa Constitution (Article 5, Section 4) that allows lawmakers the ability to make laws that skip Supreme Court review, noted Drake Law Professor Ian Bartrum.

A separate initiative, House Study Bill 50, would make it legal for an Iowa business owner who cites religious beliefs to refuse to provide jobs, housing, goods or services to people involved in a marriage that violates his or her religious convictions.  That bill, known as the “Religious Conscience Protection Act,” has stalled after massive opposition from religious and civil rights groups.

via Prohibit Supreme Court from ruling on marriage, Republicans say | Des Moines Register Staff Blogs.

Massie was joined by Republican lawmakers Dwayne Alons (R-Hull), Tom Shaw (R-Laurens), Kim Pearson (R-Pleasant Hill), Royd Chambers (R-Sheldon) and Betty De Boef (R- What Cheer).

via LGBTQnation.com

Utah Hosted Website Claims Christchurch Earthquake is a Result of Gay and Lesbian Ski Week

February 24, 2011 1 comment

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An abhorrent website claims that the earthquake in ChristChurch is a result of God’s wrath against them for sponsoring a Gay and Lesbian Ski Week, which was to kick off the same day.  On the site are a plethora of anti-gay statements and misinformation.  The site is hosted by Provo Utah based BlueHost.com according to a tracert of the site.

To the hundreds of thousands of people who suffered because of the Christchurch earthquake: Ask yourselves: “Was the profit from meals, accomodation and transport from 900 poofters and lesbians attending “Gay Ski Week” worth the $4 billion damage, worth the homes destroyed?

via Christchurch Earthquake – Judgement vs Warning – Lesbian Festival.

Here’s a screenshot of the trace:

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Sen. Feinstein Intends to Introduce Bill Repealing Gay Marriage Ban

February 24, 2011 Comments off
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Senator Feinstein announced today that she intends on introducing a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.  She believes that the federal government should not interfere with two people who choose to enter into the contract of marriage.

On the heels of President Barack Obama’s announcement that the federal government will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., issued a statement Wednesday saying that as a Senate Judiciary Committee member, she intends to introduce a bill that would repeal the act once and for all.

The 1996 law defines marriage as a union between and man and a woman.

“My own belief is that when two people love each other and enter the contract of marriage, the federal government should honor that,” she said. “I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. It was the wrong law then; it is the wrong law now, and it should be repealed.”

via Sen. Feinstein plans bill to repeal gay marriage ban – Wire – Lifestyle – bellinghamherald.com.

Orrin Hatch’s Irrelevant Attempt at Being Relevant

February 24, 2011 3 comments
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In a press release today, Orrin Hatch attempted to be relevant saying that Obama is letting his personal politics get in the way of his ‘duty’ to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.

“President Obama’s personal politics are trumping his presidential duty,” Hatch said. “Congress overwhelmingly passed the Defense of Marriage Act, a Democratic President signed it into law, and the Justice Department has a duty to defend it. It is deeply disturbing to see politics further distort the Department of Justice.”

via Hatch: President Wrong to Refuse Defense of the Defense of Marriage Act.

I’m less than surprised at Hatch; considering he often lets his personal religious views (He’s a card-carrying member of the Mormon cult) get in the way of his duty to represent the people of his state.  He stated in June 2010 during a showing at Dixie College:

“Gays and lesbians don’t pay tithing, their religion is politics,” said Hatch.

via The Washington Monthly.

Mr. Hatch, simply because many LGBT don’t plan on getting their own planet in the afterlife like you do, does not mean we should be treated like second class citizens and denied basic human rights. 

FOX and NOM… Their Love Affair with Hate, Bigotry and Homophobia Continues

February 24, 2011 Comments off

Fox and Mormon NOM are visibly offended and shaken by the Obama Administrations decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in Federal Court. 

US Executive Branch finds Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional

February 23, 2011 2 comments
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President Obama and the DOJ after carefully studying the Defense of Marriage Act have found key sections of the Amendment unconstitutional and have decided they will no longer defend DOMA in federal court.  Several court cases are in stream within the Federal Court system.  While this shift in view is more political than legal (It doesn’t negate the law and the administration will continue to enforce it) it opens the door for the federal judicial process to make a decision once and for all.

In a major shift on gay rights, the Obama administration said that it would no longer oppose legal challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act, just two months after Congress and the president agreed to repeal the military’s ban on openly gay service members.

Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said in a letter to Congress on Wednesday that the administration had determined that the act, which was passed by Congress in 1996, discriminated against gays and therefore could no longer be accepted as reasonable. Holder said that Congress may wish to appoint its own lawyers to defend the law, which bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages or extending them the same benefits granted to heterosexual unions.

Holder said the administration would continue to enforce the law until a final ruling was made, most likely by the Supreme Court.

via DOMA, Defense of Marriage Act: Obama administration shifts stance on gay marriage – latimes.com.

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