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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Speaks At Anti-Gay Rally In Texas: VIDEO


Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore says if he didn't speak out against same-sex marriage, he'd be guilty of treason. 

Moore also says the definition of marriage comes from God and that homosexuality should still be illegal. And he seems to agree with his troubled son — who said his recent arrest for drug possession was an attempt by his father's critics to destroy their family. 

Justice Moore took his show on the road Monday, speaking to hundreds at an anti-gay rally at the Texas Capitol. From The Texas Observer

Moore.RoyAt a rally against same-sex marriage on the south steps of the Texas Capitol on Monday, Moore invoked Col. William Barret Travis, the namesake of Travis County, an Alabama native who came to Texas “to draw a line in the sand at the Alamo.”

“He took a stand in the face of an enemy that was far more numerous,” Moore told a crowd of hundreds, including dozens of Republican state lawmakers. “But he knew that he had to make a statement for the people of Texas, and that he would give his life. I hope I don’t give my life, but I’m going to tell you this is a very serious matter. … If we fail to stand up today, we will dishonor the memory, not only of Col. Travis, but all those who’ve died in the history of this great state. ... 

“No court has any authority to redefine what God proposed in Genesis,” Moore said. “The definition of marriage, you want it by man, it doesn’t come by man, it comes from God.”

Also speaking at the rally were anti-gay Pastor Rick Scarborough, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, Rep. Cecil Bell and Sen. Charles Perry. Perry (no relation to former Gov. Rick Perry) called his pastor, David Wilson, to the stage. From the Observer

“If humans invented marriage, then polygamy, the taking of several wives, polyandry, the sharing of a wife by several husbands, same-sex marriage, marriage between an adult and a child, marriage between relatives, might seem normal and acceptable,” Wilson said. “But if man created marriage, then monogamy, the lifelong union of one man to one woman, would have no more intrinsic value than any other type of marriage. But marriage is not human invention, it is God’s design.”

One counterprotester carried a sign (above) pointing out that GOP Rep. Tony Tinderholt, who recently filed an ethics complaint against a Texas judge who struck down the state's marriage ban, has been married five times: 

“I’m just wondering what gay marriage destroyed his previous four marriages,” said Gary Campbell of Austin.

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Texas Attorney General, Lt. Governor To Join Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore At Anti-Gay Hate Rally


Texas' attorney general and lieutenant governor will join Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore for an anti-gay rally at the Capitol on Monday afternoon. 

The US Pastor Council reports that Attorney General Ken Paxton (above right) and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (above left), both Republicans, will speak at the event, called the "Defense of Texas Marriage Amendment Rally." 

Moore.RoyIn addition to Moore, other speakers will include anti-gay pastors Rick Scarborough and David Wilson, as well as GOP Rep. Cecil Bell and Sen. Charles Perry, who've both filed legislation seeking to prevent Texas from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. 

Paxton's participation is hardly a surprise, considering that he's suing the Obama administration to prevent gay employees from taking unpaid leave to care for sick spouses, and seeking to void the marriage of a 30-year lesbian couple — one of whom has ovarian cancer. 

Patrick, meanwhile, believes God speaks through Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty," and has slammed Houston Mayor Annise Parker for traveling to California to marry her partner of 23 years.  

The rally is the second anti-marriage rally at the Texas Capitol in as many months. In February, anti-gay lawmakers cut hate cake to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the state's marriage amendment (even though it didn't pass until November 2005). 

The Austin American-Statesman notes that today's rally is scheduled for the same day as Equality Texas' Family Advocacy Day:

“There will be people outside screaming about biblical marriage. Inside, we’ll have real Texas families having a conversation with lawmakers about how current policy affects people’s lives,” said Chuck Smith, executive director of Equality Texas.  

Gay Marriage News Watch: AL, TX, ID, MI, PR - VIDEO


The American Foundation for Equal Right's Matt Baume reports on Alabama's marriage-paradox, Texas AG Ken Paxton suing the Obama administration to prevent gay workers from caring for sick spouses, Idaho Republicans wanting to impeach any and all federal judges who rule against gay marriage bans, a series of Michigan bills to overturn the state's marriage ban, the Puerto Rican government dropping its defense of its gay marriage ban, and more.


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Idaho House Calls On Congress To Impeach Judges Who Rule In Favor Of Marriage Equality


Idaho Republican lawmakers want to impeach judges who rule in favor of same-sex marriage. 

In a 44-25 vote, the Idaho House on Friday passed a non-binding resolution calling on Congress to impeach judges who go beyond the "original intent" of the U.S. Constitution when it comes to marriage.

Supporters of the resolution believe marriage should be left to the states under the 10th Amendment, and are outraged that the 14th Amendment's guarantee of equal protection is being applied to gay people. 

From The Spokesman-Review

Sheperd“I think somehow, someday we’ve gotta take a stand,” GOP Rep. Paul Shepherd (right) told the House. A sixth-term state representative from Riggins who owns a sawmill and log home company, Shepherd was the author and sponsor of the measure.

“You can’t say an immoral behavior according to God’s word, what we’ve all been taught since the beginning, is something that’s just, and that’s really kinda what this is all about,” he told the House. “We’d better uphold Christian morals. As an example, how about fornication, adultery and other issues.”

More from The Times-News

“The men that wrote the 14th Amendment would be turning over in their graves if they could see it was being interpreted in such a way as to force states to accept same-sex marriage,” said Rep. Linden Bateman, R-Idaho Falls.

Eleven Republicans joined 14 Democrats in opposing the measure. Same-sex marriage has been legal in Idaho since last year, despite Republican Gov. Butch Otter's legal crusade against it. One recent poll showed that 53 percent of Idahoans now support same-sex marriage.

From The Spokesman-Review

McCrostieRep. John McCrostie (right), D-Boise, who is gay, told the House, “Of all the bills that I’ve voted on in the last weeks, HJM 4 causes me the most hurt. … This bill is personal, and it hurts me. … This bill implies that my marriage isn’t worth as much as someone else’s.”

More from McCrostie in The Times-News

“Is my marriage so despicable that a federal judge should be impeached?” he asked.

Since the resolution likely won’t result in any federal judges being impeached, McCrostie said, all it does at the end of the day is give lawmakers something to campaign on while telling gay Idahoans they are worthless.

Another Democratic lawmaker said the resolution would only hurt Idaho's image: 

“This puts us in the Web, this puts us in the news, as a state that is intolerant and does not understand the important separation of powers,” said Rep. Mat Erpelding, D-Boise.

Shepherd, the author of the resolution, said he also would have voted to impeach Chief Justice Earl Warren over the Supreme Court's decisions in the early 1960s ending mandatory prayer in schools.

Given that he supports the "original intent" of the Constitution, Shepherd also presumably would advocate counting African-Americans as three-fifths of a person.   

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Anti-gay Pastor Claims Members of Congress Are 'Lining Up' to Defy SCOTUS Pro-Equality Marriage Decision


Members of Congress are "lining up" to sign a pledge saying they'll defy a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of nationwide marriage equality, according to anti-gay Pastor Rick Scarborough (above). 

Scarborough, who once said AIDS is God's punishment for homosexuality, told WorldNetDaily that he and other anti-gay leaders — including Mat Staver (right, above), James Dobson (right, below) and James Robison — are preparing a pledge whose signatories will vow to commit civil disobedience and go to jail before obeying a SCOTUS marriage ruling. The pledge reportedly will be released in the next few days.

Via Right Wing Watch

“We’re taking a very adamant stand,” he said. “If the court declares same-sex ‘marriage’ to be on the same par as a civil right, that’s a bridge too far. We won’t obey. We’ll go to jail.” ... 

Scarborough confirmed congressmen “are lining up to sign the document.”

We're guessing the list of Congress members "lining up" to sign the document is similar to the short list of 14 senators and 30 House members who've co-sponsored Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Randy Weber's State Marriage Defense Act. But we seriously doubt many of them actually have the guts to go to jail. Nevertheless, Scarborough is hoping that in addition to Congress members, "thousands of churches and millions of Americans" will sign the pledge: 

“We’re saying, before that, we will never obey that tyrannical law. It’s counter to natural law, and God’s higher law.

“We will simply refuse to comply with recognizing same-sex ‘marriage’ as legitimate,” he said. “The Supreme Court does not have the inherent right [to make that change]. We’ll going to continue doing what we’ve always done.” ... 

Those who plan to use the power of federal law enforcement to enforce same-sex marriage, he said, “better have a lot of prisons and jails.” 

StaverStaver, meanwhile, told WorldNetDaily that if SCOTUS legalizes same-sex marriage nationwide, it will put sexual orientation and gender identity on par with race when it comes to nondiscrimination laws: 

“Same-sex marriage or laws including sexual orientation or gender identity as a non-discrimination category directly impact religious organizations and churches. If a man wants to use the women’s restroom and a church official told him he could not, then that act would be like telling people of color they cannot use the ‘white only’ restroom."

And Dobson repeated a pledge he first made over the use of federal funding for Planned Parenthood, in which he told Obama to "come and get me if you must": 

“Are we doing to sit on our reputations and go to our graves without having played a role? This is Roe v. Wade all over again. I am standing shoulder to shoulder with all who will stand up for God’s Word concerning marriage. We don’t know all of the steps that must be taken, but God will reveal His will. To the extent that I am able to influence anybody, I will do it with passion.” ... 

Dobson“It would be a violation of my most deeply held convictions to disobey what I consider to be the principles in Scripture. ... So come and get me if you must, Mr. President. I will not bow before your wicked regulation. ”

The Animus Amicus: Archive Activism and Marriage Equality

Mattachine Society

Note: This article first appeared at Huffington Post. 


In April, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of state laws that ban same-sex couples from getting married. The historic case has attracted a widearray of amicus briefs; People For the American Way Foundation joined religious and civil rights groups on a brief urging the Court to reject discriminatory marriage bans and challenging “religious liberty” arguments opposing marriage equality.

One fascinating brief was filed by the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C.  The original group by that name was led by Frank Kameny, an astronomer who was fired from his federal job for being gay and led some of the earliest gay-rights protests in the nation’s capital in the 1960s. The name and legacy have been revived by local activists Charles Francis and Pate Felts for the purpose of documenting decades of systematic anti-gay discrimination by the federal government. In partnership with pro bono attorneys from the firm of McDermott Will & Emery, the new Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C. is engaged in strategic “archive activism.” They are using the Freedom of Information Act to unearth a “culture of animus” that permeated the U.S. Civil Service Commission – now known as the Office of Personnel Management – and to bring to public light previously closed records about investigations challenging workers’ “loyalty” and “suitability.”

Civil service commission“The investigation and firing of gay and lesbian federal employees was like shooting fish in a barrel for the General Counsels and legal staff of the Civil Service Commission,” says Francis. “The animus, almost sports-like in their writings, is documented in decades of legal advisory files we discovered this year at the National Archives.”

Among the historical tidbits unearthed by the project: Nancy Reagan turning down a plea from a dying Rock Hudson for help getting into another hospital; and anti-gay activist Gary Bauer’s no-holds-barred, but ultimately unsuccessful, effort to keep the White House from including a gay person on the nation’s first AIDS commission.

The Mattachine Society’s project is about preserving the historical record, but it also has an important legal purpose, which is demonstrating that anti-equality laws and regulations have long been grounded in hostility, or animus, that is not a permissible justification for discrimination.  Chief Justice John Roberts’ dissent from the Supreme Court decision in Windsor, which overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, demonstrates the importance of this archival work. Roberts suggested there is insufficient evidence – he waved it away as “snippets of legislative history” – to demonstrate that DOMA’s purpose was to “codify malice.” Added Roberts, “I would not tar the political branches with the brush of bigotry.”

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