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House GOP Backs Away from SCOTUS Gay Marriage Cases This Time

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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

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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.

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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.

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Stephen Colbert Presents 'The Gay Civil War': VIDEO

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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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House Votes 225-201 to Grant John Boehner Authority to Sue Obama

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Earlier today, the House of Representatives voted to authorize Speaker John Boehner to move ahead with his asinine attempt to sue the President on the grounds that Obama overstepped his legal authority on the Affordable Care Act.

The vote was 225-201 with five Republicans joining all Democrats in voting no.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

Mr. Boehner, speaking just before the vote, said Congress needed to assert its authority under the Constitution to combat executive overreach. "This isn't about Republicans and Democrats. It's about defending the Constitution we swore an oath to uphold," he said.

Mr. Obama, speaking to a friendly crowd in Kansas City ahead of the vote, said that suing him wasn't a productive thing to do.

"Everybody recognizes this is a political stunt," he said of the lawsuit. "But it's worse than that, because every vote they're taking like that means a vote they're not taking to actually help you."


Rep. Jared Polis Preparing Discharge Petition For ENDA?

Democratic House Representative Jared Polis is preparing to initiate a discharge petition for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, according to the Washington Blade. A discharge petition, in short, is a means of bringing a bill directly to the floor without consideration from committee or direct input from the House leadership. Considering Speaker John Boehner’s steadfast refusal to allow discussion of ENDA, a discharge petition could be one of the few remaining opportunities to introduce the legislation.

Jared_Polis_Official_2012Polis, ENDA’s chief sponsor, has filed two new resolutions that would open ENDA up for House floor consideration. The second of Polis’s resolutions, H.Res.678, comes in light of widespread backlash from LGBT organizations as they dropped support for ENDA’s religious exemption clause.

H.Res.678 would bring a version of ENDA to the floor with an exemption clause modeled after that written into Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Though Polis’s logic is political logic is sound, the process of actually enacting a discharge petition is fraught with logistical difficulties. From the Washington Blade:

To start a discharge petition on a bill, 30 legislative days must have passed since the legislation was referred to committee. In this case, the Senate-passed version of ENDA was referred to the House Judiciary Committee on January 8, 2014.

Additionally, seven legislative days must have passed since a resolution to consider the legislation was referred to the Rules Committee. As such, the process for collecting signatures a discharge petition on the Senate-passed could begin at any time in the House, but the same process for a discharge petition for a bill with an amended religious exemption couldn’t begin until July 31.

Polis’s plans directly mirror allusions made by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi last fall after Boehner first blocked ENDA, which at the time was backed by almost 200 members of the House.

“I would think it would be ‘once burned, twice learned,’ and that they would, shall we say, save some time by taking it right to our committee and to the floor,” Pelosi lamented at the time. “Ending discrimination is what we are all about as Americans, and we should not have discrimination in the workplace because of gender identity.”


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