This is truly a historic day. Not only did the President of the United States come out in support of gay marriage, but a Fox News anchor actually praised him for it.
No, hell has not frozen over. And no, Rush Limbaughs aren't flying. But Shepard Smith did say a few kind words about the President's newly "evolved" position on gay marriage…
Fox News' Shepard Smith reacted to President Obama's announcing his support for gay marriage by saying that the president "is now in the 21st century." Well, he also went a step further, critiquing Republicans for being on the "wrong side of history"…
Smith then pointed out that the president's announcement doesn't change things legally. The matter is still up to states, he said, possibly alluding to the 1960s civil rights era:
"Of course, in reality, what really matters is what governors are saying. This makes no legal changes of any kind. This is a states issue, at least for now — which may sound familiar to a couple of generations ago, but that's where we are."
Upon finishing up the segment, Roger Ailes threw a bag over Smith's head and dragged him down to the Fox News basement for reprogramming. Just kidding. Although speaking up for marriage equality isn't anything new for Smith, this latest outburst of honesty probably doesn't bode well for his future at the network. And it certainly hasn't helped the quiet rumors that he's gay.
At Fox News, supporting same-sex marriage is like having a conscience — it really sets you apart from everyone else. According to most Fox News personalities, the only thing that should be all male is the government.
Tags: Bret Baier, Fox News, LGBT, Marriage, Marriage Equality, Shepard Smith
Opinions on what should constitute a civil marriage differ. Some believe marriage should be exclusively between one man and one woman. Newt Gingrich believed marriage is between a man, a woman and at least one other congressional staffer without cancer.
On this Sunday's Meet the Press, Joe Biden expressed his view that marriage between two loving adults is a big fucking deal…
"I am vice president of the United States of America. The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties, and, quite frankly, I don't see much of a distinction beyond that…"
Look at that Biden, always making silly gaffes and going off message with his statements in support of equal rights for all Americans. Unfortunately for supporters of civil equality, the Obama campaign still believes marriage is between a man and his carefully poll-tested positions. Hence, this clarification from a Biden spokesman…
The vice president was saying what the president has said previously — that committed and loving same-sex couples deserve the same rights and protections enjoyed by all Americans, and that we oppose any effort to rollback those rights. That's why we stopped defending the constitutionality of section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in legal challenges and support legislation to repeal it. Beyond that, the Vice President was expressing that he too is evolving on the issue, after meeting so many committed couples and families in this country.
A few more days like this and creationist views on evolution are going to start making sense. After all these years, the Obama-Biden views on marriage equality have "evolved" to something like the views of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
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Tags: Joe Biden, LGBT, Marriage, Marriage Equality, Meet the Press, NBC
Let's talk about New Hampshire.
It's a place where State House Republicans command a 3-1, 189-seat advantage over the Democrats. Its legislature takes time out to consider bills that would enshrine the Magna Carta as an authority on civil rights legislation, promote creationism in schools and make it more difficult to prosecute domestic violence. It's a state where a legislator recently dropped one of his loaded guns during a committee hearing — it's all good, he carries two at all times! — after donating blood had made him "loopy."
Yet to their credit, Granite State Republicans recognize some ideas, like denying gay and lesbian couples the right to be as miserable as the rest of us, are too crazy, even for New Hampshire…
After two hours of debate and 10 votes, the House Wednesday decided to keep the state's gay marriage law in place. After voting down several amendments and a motion to table the bill, the House members finally decided to kill House Bill 437 on a 211-116 vote…
"These folks are just people just like you are, they want the same things you do," said Rep. Michael Ball, R-Manchester. "This bill needs to be put down. Put this dog down like it deserves to be." But supporters said the bill would simply return the state to the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.
"Who is next in line? The animal lovers can't be too far behind. Once you open the word to redefinition, it's open to redefinition," said Rep. Warren Groen, R-Rochester. "We are indeed on a slippery slope and we are indeed at the edge of the cliff."
Rick Santorum has a potential running mate in Warren Groen, but it's also true that an astounding 119 votes in favor of preserving equality came from Republicans (the state's Democratic governor and Democratic legislators also overwhelmingly opposed repealing marriage). Which would place many New Hampshire Republicans in a more progressive position than President Barack Obama, whose views on the issue are still "evolving." It's all part of his natural selection-inspired 2012 campaign slogan, Very Gradual Change We Are Forced to Believe In Because the Alternative Is Mitt Romney.
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Tags: Barack Obama, LGBT, Marriage, Marriage Equality, New Hampshire, State Legislature
The only thing keeping Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign alive at this point, apart from evil cartoon billionaire Sheldon Adelson, is the hope that he can capture the elusive Southern evangelical vote.
But that might prove more difficult for Newt now that he's basically endorsed gay marriage. Whoops…
With same-sex marriage laws passing in Maryland and Washington state and New Jersey headed for a fall referendum on the issue, Newt Gingrich said at the Washington state capitol this morning that he's basically comfortable with states enacting gay marriage laws by popular vote…
"I think at least they're doing it the right way, which is going through voters, giving them a chance to vote and not having a handful of judges arbitrarily impose their will. I don't agree with it, I would vote no if it were on a referendum where I was but at least they're doing it the right way."
Failed candidate Rick Perry made the same mistake last summer when he accidentally told the truth and said New York's gay marriage vote was "fine with [him]." You see, conservatives are all for states' rights, as long as you don't give any of those rights to gays.
Of course, Newt's statement in support of gay marriage referenda doesn't mean he actually approves of the LGBT community. He just really, really likes marriage. Straight marriage, gay marriage, short marriage, long marriage, creepy marriage to a much younger mistress—he loves it all. Especially if a giant cake is involved.
For Newt, "marriage equality" isn't about giving gay men and women an equal opportunity to experience the joys of matrimony. It means giving himself the opportunity to marry as many women as he wants.
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Tags: Callista Gingrich, LGBT, Marriage, Marriage Equality, Maryland, Newt Gingrich, Primaries
All New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez wanted was to avoid what I affectionately call the John Thune – the official hair helmet uniform of all Republican lawmakers whose locks are coiffed exclusively by heterosexual hands. Cue Antonio Darden, proprietor of Antonio's Hair Studio in Santa Fe and Martinez's stylist on three previous occasions, to spurn Martinez's bob thanks to the governor's anti-marriage equality views…
"The governor’s aides called not too long ago, wanting another appointment to come in," Darden said. "Because of her stances and her views on this I told her aides no. They called the next day, asking if I'd changed my mind about taking the governor in and I said no again."
The governor has said she believes marriage should be between a man and a woman, and that does not cut it with Darden.
"I think it's just equality, dignity for everyone," the popular hair stylist said. "I think everybody should be allowed the right to be together. My partner and I have been together for 15 years."
Now if stylists, interior decorators and evangelical preachers joined forces in a boycott of anti-marriage lawmakers, America would have civil equality in no time.
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Tags: LGBT, Marriage, Marriage Equality, New Mexico, Susana Martinez