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John Boehner: Whatever SCOTUS Decides, the States Should Continue to Handle Marriage — VIDEO


On Meet the Press on Sunday, Chuck Todd sat down with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to talk about a number of issues 2016, Benghazi, health care, and the upcoming SCOTUS marriage ruling.

Back in 2012 and 2013, of course, Boehner authorized a budget of $3 million to wage a losing battle to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. The Speaker has also said that he "cannot imagine" supporting marriage equality even if his own son were gay.

Asked Todd today on MTP:

"If the Supreme Court rules how a lot of people expect them to rule, legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states, do you anticipate gaveling a platform of the Republican party at the Cleveland convention in your home state of Ohio that is still going to have a platform calling for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage?"

Replied Boehner:

"I don't know what's going to happen at the Republican convention. But listen, I believe in traditional marriage, but I also respect the views of others. I'll let the Court make their decision but at the end of the day the states are well equipped to deal with this. They've been dealing with it, and they should continue dealing with it."

Asked why he didn't sign on to an amicus brief by Republican members of Congress opposing marriage equality, Boehner added:

"I have no idea. Probably because I wasn't asked. I probably would have signed on."

Watch (marriage talk begins at 3:25), AFTER THE JUMP...

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John Boehner And Nancy Pelosi Read Mean Tweets About Themselves: WATCH

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You know that look that John Boehner gets on his face from time to time? No, no, not the crying one, the other one. You know--that freshly tanned look where he just radiates a healthy orange glow? Well if you aren’t familiar with it already, Speaker Boehner’s here to describe it to you in the latest installment of "Celebrities Reading Mean Tweets About Themselves."  He’s joined by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi who’d like to kindly remind everyone that she’s not, in fact, a senator.

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Check out the video here AFTER THE JUMP...

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House GOP Backs Away from SCOTUS Gay Marriage Cases This Time


At a news conference earlier today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced the House GOP would not intervene in the upcoming same-sex marriage cases set to be heard before the Supreme Court later this year. 

Back in 2011, Boehner helped spearhead the Republican-controlled Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group to defend the Defense of Marriage Act before the Supreme Court after the Obama Administration announced it would not do so. BLAG went on to waste more than $2 million in taxpayer money in its failed attempt to keep the federal government from having to recognize legal same-sex marriages. 

The Washington Blade reports:

“I don’t expect that we’re going to weigh in on this,” Boehner said. “The court will make its decision and that’s why they’re there, to be the highest court in the land.” [...]

Evan Wolfson, president of the LGBT group Freedom to Marry, said House Republicans made a “commendable decision” not to participate in the marriage cases this time around and called it “a real step forward” after defending DOMA in court.

“Their evolution reflects the momentum for the freedom to marry nationwide, as well as the quiet hope of most Republican officials and operatives that the Supreme Court will rule in our favor and bring the country to national resolution, thereby rescuing them from their prior stance against the freedom to marry,” Wolfson said. “They know their past pandering to part of their base is way out of step not only with a majority of the American people and independents, but with Republicans under 50 and even with young Evangelicals.” 

The Blade adds House Democrats are expected to file a friend-of-court brief before the Supreme Court supporting the freedom to marry. 

Glenn Beck: Elect Gohmert Speaker of the House to Save America - VIDEO


Bastion of enlightened thinking Glenn Beck is urging Republicans to call on their members of Congress to vote for Rep. Louie Gohmert as Speaker of the House now that Gohmert has announced he is challenging Rep. John Boehner for his party's top leadership post in the House of Representatives reports Right Wing Watch:

“Louie is not going to compromise, Louie is the guy. We have another chance, America, we have another chance. Please don’t pass this signpost, please, there’s another exit, take it,” Beck said on his show today, adding that conservatives should consider themselves “done with the Republican Party” if Boehner secures re-election.

“Shut the switchboard down, tell everybody you know in the freedom movement, ‘Louie Gohmert.’ Call them now,” he said.

You may recall Gohmert's previous remarks comparing gay rights advocates to Nazis as well as his concern about gay massages in the military that notably (and hilariously) landed him in the cross-hares of comedian Stephen Colbert.

Watch Beck advocate for Gohmert, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Rep. Louie Gohmert Announces Bid to Replace John Boehner As House Speaker: VIDEO

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Louie Gohmert, the Texas congressman who is a little too familiar with the sex lives of caribou and thinks gays are unfit for military service because massages from their lovers makes them "vulnurable to terrorism," announced today his plan to unseat John Boehner as Speaker of the House of Representatives. 

Fox News reports:

BoehnerGohmert, among the House Republican caucus’ most conservative members, made the announcement on “Fox and Friends,” saying he decided to run after Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., said Saturday that he would challenge Boehner for the chamber’s top post.

“We have heard from a lot of Republicans that said, ‘I would vote for somebody besides speaker Boehner.’ But nobody will put their name out there,” Gohmert said. “That changed yesterday with Ted Yoho.”

Gohmert also hinted that another House member will announce a challenge to Boehner on Sunday.

Boehner once again returns to Capitol Hill amid challenges to keep his post, largely from the conservative members who most recently say he caved in by agreeing last month to a $1.1 trillion temporary federal spending bill, which averted another partial government shutdown.

Group members complained in part because they think Boehner did not try to punish President Obama enough for sidestepping Congress on immigration reform.

Watch the announcement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Stephen Colbert Presents 'The Gay Civil War': VIDEO


With more than 50% of Americans now living in a state where gay people can get married, and House Speaker John Boehner campaigning for gay Republicans like Carl DeMaio, and organizations like NOM and the Family Research Council fighting back for anti-gay Americans, Stephen Colbert sees just one thing in the country's future: The Gay Civil War.

Watch as he unveils his film about this dramatic turning point in our nation's history, AFTER THE JUMP...

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