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Roy Moore Tries to School President Obama on the Legality of Gay Marriage in Alabama: VIDEO


Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace today to discuss same-sex marriage's arrival in Alabama. While Moore spent most of the interview attempting to explain the legal underpinnings of his continued fight against marriage equality, he also had a response message for President Obama - who spoke up about the reincarnated George Wallace during a recent Buzzfeed interview.

Said Moore:

"But what this Harvard professor who is president of the United States does not understand, is that a trial court’s decision on the constitutionality of a federal question is just that — it’s an opinion. It may be law of the case before her. It is not overturning the Alabama constitution. Federal law is not made by judges."

Wallace also asked Moore whether or not he would abide by the Supreme Court should it decide this year that there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. 


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Obama 'Not A Christian' If He Supports Gay Marriage, Says Bryan Fischer: VIDEO


The title pretty much says it all: because President Obama supports the right for gay couples to be legally wed in the U.S., AFA bigot Bryan Fischer says that Obama is not actually a Christian. If you ever had any doubt as to what was meant by the "No True Scotsman Fallacy", this is practically a textbook example.

As if the gatekeeper of true Christendom were a man who calls homosexuality the "unvarnished energy of Satan", thinks that God gets involved in U.S. politics, blamed the victims of Charlie Hebdo for their own murders, and whose own organization is trying - and failing - to distance themselves from his bile. As always, Fischer is the poster child for dinosaurs thrashing about wildly, unable to comprehend that their world is changing.

You can watch the latest instance of said thrashing AFTER THE JUMP...

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Obama Makes Buzzfeed Video of Things Everyone (Including the President) Does in Private: WATCH


President Obama will do anything to get you to go to, including wacky Buzzfeed videos of all the things he does behind when folks aren't looking that make him just like you.


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David Axelrod On Obama's 2008 Opposition to Gay Marriage: 'Part Of What You Have To Do In Politics' - VIDEO


Yesterday, we reported on David Axelrod's new book and the claim he makes that President Obama supported same-sex marriage long before he publicly came out in favor of marriage equality in 2012. You'll recall Obama listed his support for same-sex marriage on a 1996 questionnaire when he was a candidate for the Illinois state senate. In an interview with Jon Stewart last night, Axelrod described Obama's decision to go back in the closet so to speak on gay marriage during the 2008 election, publicly opposing marriage equality, as a move that was pragmatic and necessary to moving gay rights forward.

[He's ended] up moving gay rights more than any president ever has. He got rid of Don't Ask Don't Tell, got rid of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) and ultimately put gay marriage in a position to succeed. So, you know, that's part of what you have to do in politics. But that is different than the small politics of Washington that we get so consumed in that has nothing to do with anything in the long term.

Meanwhile, in an interview with BuzzFeed, President Obama attempted to refute the notion put forth by Axelrod that he was "bullsh-tting" his position on same-sex marriage in 2008: 

Axelrod wrote in his new memoir that Obama “modified” his position because his aides worried about alienating black Christian leaders, and then complained that he didn’t like “bullsh-tting” voters about it.

“I think David is mixing up my personal feelings with my position on the issue,” Obama said. “I always felt that same-sex couples should be able to enjoy the same rights, legally, as anybody else, and so it was frustrating to me not to, I think, be able to square that with what were a whole bunch of religious sensitivities out there.”

Obama said he believed at the time that civil unions were “a sufficient way of squaring the circle,” but that “the pain and the sense of stigma that was being placed on same-sex couples who are friends of [his]” changed his mind.

“I think the notion that somehow I was always in favor of marriage per se isn’t quite accurate,” Obama said. “The old questionnaire … is an example of struggling with what was a real issue at the time, which is, how do you make sure that people’s rights are enjoyed and these religious sensitivities were taken into account?”

The rapid change in Americans’ attitude toward gays and lesbians may be the most marked generational shift of Obama’s tenure.

Watch Axelrod's interview with Stewart in two parts (the second of which feature his comments on same-sex marriage and gay rights), AFTER THE JUMP...

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David Axelrod: I Advised Obama to Lie About Opposition to Gay Marriage to Get Elected

As many suspected at the time given his support for it on a questionnaire filled out when he was an Illinois state senate candidate in 1996, President Obama was already fully evolved in his support for same-sex marriage in 2008, according to a new memoir from political strategist David Axelrod.

BelieverAxelrod, who served as Obama's chief campaign adviser, says he instructed President Obama to lie about it in order to get elected, which he did.

TIME reports:

Axelrod writes that he knew Obama was in favor of same-sex marriages during the first presidential campaign, even as Obama publicly said he only supported civil unions, not full marriages. Axelrod also admits to counseling Obama to conceal that position for political reasons. “Opposition to gay marriage was particularly strong in the black church, and as he ran for higher office, he grudgingly accepted the counsel of more pragmatic folks like me, and modified his position to support civil unions rather than marriage, which he would term a ‘sacred union,’ ” Axelrod writes.

Obama told Axelrod "I'm not very good at bullsh-tting" after an event where he told a crowd that he opposed same-sex marriage.

But bullsh-t he did, until a 2012 'breaking news' special report, when he was finally able to tell the truth.

Writes Axelrod:

Yet if Obama’s views were “evolving” publicly, they were fully evolved behind closed doors. The president was champing at the bit to announce his support for the right of gay and lesbian couples to wed—and having watched him struggle with this issue for years, I was ready, too.

Illinois Finds ‘Substantial Evidence’ ExxonMobil Engaged In Anti-Gay Discrimination

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The Illinois Department of Human Rights announced that it found enough evidence that oil and gas giant ExxonMobil engaged in anti-gay discrimination in its hiring practices reports The Washington Blade. LGBT group Freedom to Work and the Equal Rights Center, an organization with experience in résumé testing practices, filed a complaint against the oil company in 2013 for allegedly engaging in anti-gay bias for a position in Illinois, which has a state law banning discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation.

Both organizations submitted two fictitious résumés to the company in response to a December 2012 job posting in Illinois according to court documents. One résumé denoted that the qualified applicant is gay, listing her work at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, and the other denoted a less qualified applicant without any indication of gender identity or sexual orientation. The less qualified applicant received multiple callbacks, up to three, while the qualified LGBT applicant didn’t receive any.

The lawsuit seeks restitution in requiring ExxonMobil to enact pro-LGBT protections and training in employment practices in addition to collecting attorneys’ fees. Peter Romer-Friedman, the counsel to Freedom to Work in its proceeding against Exxon, is happy that Freedom to Work is holding the oil company accountable.

Said Romer-Friedman:

"It’s about time that someone held Exxon accountable on behalf of the LGBT community, and I’m so proud of Freedom to Work for its leadership in bringing that accountability to the largest company in the world."

However, ExxonMobil announced last week that it integrated explicit language barring discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity into its equal employment opportunity policy. The company enacted the change after President Obama signed an executive order barring federal contractors from committing anti-LGBT job bias. Tico Almeida, the president of Freedom to Work, said the continuation of the lawsuit against ExxonMobil is necessary despite the recent policy change.

Said Almeida:

Almeida"Exxon was recently forced by President Obama’s executive order to add gay and transgender employees to the corporation’s equal employment policies, but those were merely changes on paper.  

"We must ensure that LGBT employees actually get a fair shot in their careers at Exxon, not just on paper. Freedom to Work will continue to prosecute this civil rights case and hold Exxon accountable for its anti-gay discriminatory conduct from the recent past."

Two paths are open in the case for Freedom to Work: filing before the Illinois Human Rights Commission or with the Circuit Court that has jurisdiction over the case. Mike Theodore, a spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Human Rights, said Freedom to Work must file within 30 days to continue with the lawsuit jointly before the Illinois Department of Human Rights, but has an additional 60 days to file independently with the commission or circuit court. 

The Illinois Department of Human Rights’ findings reveal ExxonMobil’s defense for opting to choose the less qualified non-LGBT candidate over the more qualified LGBT candidate. The findings show that Donna Steadman, a human resource adviser for ExxonMobil, denied sexual orientation was a factor in the hiring decision. She testified she selected in the initial screening process for her boss 35 applicants out of the 51 who applied by "looking at their experience, not their volunteer work and their education."

"Steadman stated she did not have a narrowing tool, her process was to open the résumé and skim it for certain words," the finding states, "She felt 35 applicants was a significant number of applicants to pass on. She felt she was passing on a lot of documents for review and she was providing a lot of candidates with experience he had outlined. She was not keeping a tracking sheet for all 51 of them, in fact, she does not know if she opened all 51 of them."

Scott Silvestri, a spokesman from ExxonMobil, said that the company has not received anything on the findings from the Illinois Department of Human Rights, but pledged to fight the lawsuit.

Said Silvestri: 

"We intend to defend the company’s position in the matter because the claims in the complaint are baseless. Sexual orientation or gender identity played no role in the hiring decision because of our zero-tolerance discrimination policies. It is inaccurate to suggest otherwise."


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