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03/14/2013

NOM Chair Calls Supreme Court Justice John Roberts' Decision to Adopt Children a 'Second-Best' Option

A new AP story takes a look at the families of the Supreme Court justices and looks at how their personal lives might affect cases they take on.

SecondbestThe article notes that Justices John Roberts and Clarence Thomas both have adopted children and contains a particularly offensive quote from NOM Chair John Eastman:

"The diversity of the family lives of the justices mirrors the diversity of American families overall," said Andrew Cherlin, a Johns Hopkins University sociologist who studies families and public policy.

Cherlin, who does not follow the high court especially closely, wondered whether the gay marriage cases might take on a similar dynamic. "If justices consider their own family lives in these cases, it may change the way they rule," he said.

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Gay marriage opponents said they are not worried about the votes of Roberts and Thomas.

"You're looking at what is the best course societywide to get you the optimal result in the widest variety of cases. That often is not open to people in individual cases. Certainly adoption in families headed, like Chief Roberts' family is, by a heterosexual couple, is by far the second-best option," said John Eastman, chairman of the National Organization for Marriage. Eastman also teaches law at Chapman University law school in Orange, Calif.

Posted Mar. 14,2013 at 1:47 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, John Eastman, John Roberts, News, NOM | Permalink | Comments (19)


WSJ: The Popped Collar is Back - VIDEO

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This is the most definitive discussion about the return of the popped collar you'll see all day.

Start popping those collars, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Mar. 14,2013 at 1:27 PM EST by in Fashion Men, News | Permalink | Comments (37)


GLAAD President Joins CNN to Discuss Expectations the Pope Might Inspire Shift on Gay Issues: VIDEO

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CNN's Carol Costello welcomed Catholics United Executive Director James Salt and GLAAD President Herndon Graddick Thursday morning to talk about Pope Francis and whether or not a shift is expected on gay issues.

Graddick reacted to his statement yesterday that he hoped that a new Pope might signal a shift in attitudes:

"For decades the Catholic hierarchy has been in need of desperate reform. In his life, Jesus condemned gays zero times. In Pope Benedict's short time in the papacy, he made a priority of condemning gay people routinely. This, in spite of the fact, that the Catholic hierarchy had been in collusion to cover up the widespread abuse of children within its care. We hope this Pope will trade in his red shoes for a pair of sandals and spend a lot less time condemning and a lot more time foot-washing."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Mar. 14,2013 at 1:00 PM EST by in Catholic Church, GLAAD, Herndon Graddick, News, Pope Benedict | Permalink | Comments (15)


Bill O'Reilly Attacks Columnist Who Called Him Out for Homophobic Ambush of Gay Colorado House Speaker: VIDEO

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Last week, I posted about some ugly trolling by The O'Reilly Factor of openly gay Colorado House Speaker Mark Ferrandino. O'Reilly's Jesse Watters ambushed Ferrandino and questioned his opposition to "Jessica’s Law", which imposes excessive mandatory sentences for first-time offenders of child molesters, yet the segment seemed to link Ferrandino's sexuality and support for gay marriage to his lack of opposition to such predators.

Denver Post columnist Curtis Hubbard called him on it, and O'Reilly had him on the show last night.

"You've got a nerve calling me a homophobe," O'Reilly ranted, before accusing Hubbard of being a "disgraceful...smear merchant" and a "charlatan".

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Mar. 14,2013 at 12:19 PM EST by in Bill O'Reilly, Mark Ferrandino, News | Permalink | Comments (32)


What is Attorney David Boies's Biggest Fear About the Upcoming SCOTUS Prop 8 Arguments?

David Boies gives an interview to USA Today on the upcoming Prop 8 case before the Supreme Court:

BoiesBoies, 72, said his biggest fear is that most of the nine sitting justices "are my age or older" and have grown up in an environment of "extreme hostility to homosexuals." He added, "Judges are supposed to put that aside and our very best judges do, but it's not an easy task."

The paper adds:

In the interview, Boies drew parallels between the struggle for same-sex marriage and the fight for interracial marriage in the 1960s. Opposition to both, he said, comes from the "same reservoir of ignorance" about those involved.

But the USA has undergone a "tremendous" demographic shift in attitudes, especially among young people, he said. "Unlike people of my generation, my children and my grandchildren have grown up living with, knowing people who were outwardly gay and lesbian. And they have learned that they're just like us. … And when you see that they're just like us, the rationale for discrimination melts away."

Watch the 8-minute interview here.

Posted Mar. 14,2013 at 11:52 AM EST by in David Boies, Gay Marriage, News, Proposition 8 | Permalink | Comments (25)


Awesome A Cappella Describes Downfall of Disney Princesses: VIDEO

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Jon Cozart explains why 'happily ever after' isn't always so.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via ed kennedy at afterelton)

Posted Mar. 14,2013 at 11:28 AM EST by in Disney, Music, News | Permalink | Comments (23)



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