Thursday Speed Read: NOM, Oregon, UCC, DeMaio, Kuehl, Utah, Aiken

BY LISA KEEN / Keen News Service


The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday denied a request to stop same-sex couples in Oregon from marrying. The request came from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and was directed to Justice Anthony Kennedy, who handles motions from the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. The one-sentence order Wednesday noted that Kennedy referred the matter to the full court. NOM had sought a stay of a May 19 federal district court ruling declaring Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. NOM had also asked the federal district court for the right to serve as intervenor in a case to defend the state ban after the governor and attorney general made clear they would not. NOM said Wednesday it would continue pressing its appeal for intervenor status to the Ninth Circuit.


Three more religious groups joined the United Church of Christ’s lawsuit in North Carolina this week. The Central Conference of American Rabbis (2,000 rabbis), the Alliance of Baptists (130 congregations), and the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (90 congregations) signed on as plaintiffs in UCC v. Cooper, arguing that the state ban on same-sex couples marrying violates the free exercise of religion for clergy who conduct ceremonies for same-sex couples. On May 27, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper asked the U.S. District Court for Western North Carolina to delay hearing the case until after the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals rules on a case against a similar ban in Virginia.


Openly gay Republican Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio advanced in his primary Tuesday in San Diego. DeMaio came in second behind incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Peters, a Democrat, but in California’s primaries, the top two vote getters proceed to the November ballot. DeMaio received 36 percent of the vote, compared to Peters’ 42 percent, but he handily beat out two other Republicans who garnered a combined 22 percent.


KuehlOpenly gay California Assemblywoman Sheila Kuehl was the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s primary for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. She will face second place Bobby Shriver on the November ballot. Kuehl earned 36 percent of the votes in the eight-candidate race, followed by Shriver with 29 percent, and openly gay former West Hollywood Councilman John Duran with 16 percent. No one’s called the race for state controller yet, but it appears openly gay former California Assembly Speaker John Perez may have secured a spot on the November ballot. Perez appears to have come in second behind Republican Ashley Swearengin.


As expected, the attorney general of Utah filed notice Wednesday that the state will appeal a May 19 federal district court judge’s preliminary injunction requiring that Utah recognize the marriages of an estimated 1,300 same-sex couples that took place before a U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay in another district court judge’s decision striking down the state’s ban. Judge Dale Kimball (a Clinton appointee) delayed his order 21 days to give the state time to appeal his injunction in Evans v. Utah to the Tenth Circuit. A Tenth Circuit panel has already heard arguments in Kitchen v. Herbert, which challenges the state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying.


Openly gay Congressional candidate Clay Aiken of North Carolina said in a recent interview with CNN that the buck stops with President Obama on the Veterans Administration’s failure to provide medical care to veterans in a timely fashion.

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  1. MIke says

    Very Good, Clay!
    Now what about the transfer of 5 Taliban for a deserter? (Hint: it’s sort of related to your “buck stops here” VA answer)

  2. franklin says

    Hey Clay, in your research you must have missed that George Bush started those wars, and then the GOP congress voted for enormous budget cuts across the whole government – including the VA.

  3. mike/ says

    wait a minute! Kennedy, referring the matter to the full court, denied NOM’s request for the stay, and not NOM is going back to the 9th to ask them AGAIN to stay the ruling?

    let’s see… wasn’t it Einstein who said “”Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

    Brown has to have a splitting headache from banging his head against the same brick wall over and over……

  4. MIke says

    “”the GOP congress voted for enormous budget cuts across the whole government – including the VA.

    POSTED BY: FRANKLIN | JUN 5, 2014 7:27:56 AM””

    Which of course is a complete lie. The VA’s budget has increased year after year.

  5. billy wingartenson says

    BRian Brown of NOm – look at his lips – remind me of disgraced minister ted haggards – often the sign of a gay man

    strip off mentally the fat in his face and you should be able to see some femininity in his face – I can just see him on his back, knees pulled back near his face , ass bare

    Just another closet case and bottom

    btw remember maggie gallagher of NOM – her idea of traditional marriage was not 1 but two illegitimate kids

    What else would you expect from a group tha is now on the hate group list

  6. Kurtis Edwards says

    #fakewannabepolitican….. Clay Aiken is already on the ‘bash Obama’ bandwagon trying to suckle votes. Congress f’d over veterans not Obama. Just ridiculous.

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