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HRC's Chad Griffin and NOM's Brian Brown faced off on This Week to debate the future of gay marriage in light of the recent Supreme Court decisions.
"We will fight this battle on all fronts. We'll fight it at the ballot box where there are opportunities. We'll fight it at the state legislature. And ultimately this will come back to our federal courts...I have all expectations that we will [win]. 30 percent of America, thanks to these decisions, now live in states with marriage equality. It's going to be very difficult to deny equal rights to those who live in other states when the next case ultimately reaches the court."
Brown, meanwhile, drew comparison between his move to rollback legal gay marriage wherever it exists and Abraham Lincoln's belief that we "can't have a country half slave and half free."
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A gay couple in Pennsylvania has come up with an unusual way to get around the state's laws restricting marital benefits to a man and a woman: adoption. Facing the financial and emotional insecurities of old age has led John, 65 to adopt his lifelong partner Gregory, 73. ABC News reports:
'If we just live together and Gregory willed me his assets and property and anything else, I would be liable for a 15 percent tax on the value of the estate," said John. "By adoption, that decreases to 4 percent. It's a huge difference.'
Because John's dad is still alive at 95, he could not legally have two fathers. So Gregory, though older, became the adopted son. The Daughin County Court judge who signed their papers was adamant in telling them that the adoption was "forever" and they would never be able to legally marry.
"It's humorous to me," John said. "But it provided us with some level of comfort that we have protected each other as much as we can."
While the federal DOMA law was struck down last week by the Supreme Court, this did not extend to the 37 states with their own DOMA legislation. In Pennsylvania, state DOMA law restricts marital benefits to a man and a woman, which forces gay couples to engineer creative strategies to ensure protection for each other to make medical decisions and inherit property after one has passed away.
Let's all hope that cases like this will soon become a relic of the past.
Let the joyous news be spread, the wicked old DOMA at last is dead!
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Said Edie: "If somebody had told me 15 years ago that I would be the marshal of New York City's gay pride parade in 2013, at the age of 84, I wouldn't have believed it."
It's a sad day for our LGBT brothers and sisters in Russia. Today, President Vladimir Putin signed into law the disgusting bill banning the promotion of "homosexual propaganda" among minors. RIA Novosti reports:
Gay propaganda with the use of mass media or Internet resources will see harsher penalties of 50,000-100,000 rubles ($1,520-3,050) for individuals, 100,000-200,000 rubles ($3,050-6,115) for officials and 1 million rubles or 90-day suspension for legal entities.
While the law's proponents argue it is aimed at protecting children from harmful influences, critics allege the move is part of a broader crackdown on Russia's gay community.
Even before the law's passage, international human rights organizations had publicly expressed their concerns that the antigay bill will be used to target openly LGBT Olympians at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Putin, meanwhile, attempted to downplay accusations of antigay bigotry by claiming sexual minorities are "full fledged members of our society and are not being discriminated against in any way." Putin should tell that to the dozens of gay rights supporters who were arrested at a bloody clash in St. Petersburg yesterday.
Rachel Maddow Rips Jim DeMint for Suggesting Christians are the Victims of the SCOTUS Rulings: VIDEO
On Meet the Press today, Senator Jim DeMint claimed religious people who oppose gay marriage were being "denied dignity" by Justice Kennedy's statement that 'To oppose gay marriage is to deny dignity to people who deserve equal protection'. DeMint was quickly slapped down by Rachel Maddow.
What I'd say, David, is he is denying dignity to the millions of Americans who, for moral or religious reasons, believe that gay marriage is wrong. As you just said, you've got 37 states where the people have decided that they want to protect the marriage between a man and a woman because they know that that's the environment where children can thrive and succeed. I mean, that's been proven. So it's not about the desires of adults, it's really about the best environment for children. We're talking all about politics, but the reason governments at the state level and the federal level have recognized marriage between a man and a woman is because it's better for our country and it's better for children.
Justice Kennedy addressed that issue specifically in his ruling. He says that by denying marriage rights to same-sex couples who have kids, you’re humiliating and demeaning those kids. By denying their families equal protection under the law by the parents who are raising them and who love them and who make their family. So we can put it in the interests of children, but I think that cuts both ways. And the ruling cuts against that argument. I mean, gay people exist. There’s nothing we can do in public policy can do to make more of us exist or less of us exist. And you guys for a generation have argued that public policy ought to demean gay people as a way of expressing disapproval of the fact that we exist. But you don’t make any less of us exist, you are just arguing for more discrimination. And more discrimination doesn’t make straight people’s lives any better.
David, I really can't let that go. I mean, this suggestion that because somebody wants to affirm the institution of marriage that they're ipso facto intolerant? By that argument, Barack Obama was intolerant 14 months ago. By that argument, 342 members of the House, 85 members of the Senate (including, by the way, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Pat Leahy) who all voted for this law, and Bill Clinton who signed it into law, were intolerant and motivated by an animus and a hatred for gays.
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