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Rep. Jared Polis Proposes 'Restrain Steve King from Legislating Act' in Mockery of Anti-Gay Congressman

KingOn Wednesday we reported on Rep. Steve King's (R-IA) "Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act", a ridiculous piece of DOA and likely unconstitutional legislation which would strip away Article III of the Constitution in an attempt to prevent the Supreme Court from ruling on marriage. Article III allows federal courts to hear or decide any question pertaining to the interpretation of, or the validity under the Constitution of, any type of marriage.

King, whose legislation also prohibits federal funds from being used for any litigation in federal court, is hoping to save "traditional marriage" with this nonsense.

PolisRep. Jared Polis (D-CO) isn't having it. Polis writes:

On the heels of Rep. Steve King’s outrageous announcement Wednesday of his “Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act,” Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02) today proposed the “Restrain Steve King from Legislating Act.” The bill would prevent Steve King from abusing taxpayer dollars by substituting the judgments of the nation’s duly serving judicial branch of government with his own beliefs.

“For too long, Steve King has overstepped his constitutionally nonexistent judicial authority,” Polis said. “Mr. King has perverted the Constitution to create rights to things such as discrimination, bullying, and disparate treatment. These efforts to enshrine these appalling values as constitutional rights were not envisioned by the voters, or by King’s colleagues who must currently try to restrain his attempts to single-handedly rewrite the nation’s founding principles on a bill-by-bill basis.

“I urge the House to bring this bill to the floor. If passed, my bill would preserve the right of millions of voters in all 50 states who would prefer that Steve King refrain from legislating a role for himself in their marriage decisions.”

Touché.

 


WATCH LIVE: White House Correspondents' Dinner

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Hollywood and the Hill converge tonight at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. The red carpet portion is underway, with the dinner itself set to start around 7:30. SNL's Cecily Strong serves as this year's celebrity host. 

See how many celebs and politicians you can spot, AFTER THE JUMP...(live feed for the dinner portion included)

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Obama's 11 Best White House Correspondents' Dinner Jokes: WATCH

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To mark tonight's White House Correspondents' Dinner, ABC News has compiled President Obama's top 11 jokes from previous years.

Check out the best of the best, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Family, Friends, and Celebrities React to Bruce Jenner Coming Out as Trans: VIDEO

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See what everyone is saying about the big reveal, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Judge Recommends $135,000 Fine for Oregon Bakers Who Discriminated Against Gay Couple

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Gresham, Oregon bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein may be facing a fine of $135,000 for turning down a lesbian couple's wedding cake request back in January 2013, The Oregonian reports:

Rachel Bowman-Cryer should collect $75,000 and her wife, Laurel Bowman-Cryer, $60,000 from the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, an administrative law judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries said in a proposed order released Friday, April 24. [...]

Anna Harmon, one of three attorneys representing the Kleins, said, "It's a shocking result and it shows the state's relentless campaign to punish Oregonians who live and work according to their faith."

"The important thing to realize is this," she added, "This is real money that Aaron and Melissa are going to have to pay that otherwise would be used to pay their mortgage and feed their kids."

Lars Larson, the Portland-based talk radio host who broke the story more than two years ago, tweeted about the case Friday. He said, "Aaron and Melissa Klein of Sweet Cakes by Melissa need your help w/ a devastating fine from the state of Oregon," and linked to a fundraising site for the couple.

A "Support Sweet Cakes by Mellissa" GoFundMe page launched Friday quickly raised $110,000 for the bakery before being taken down for violating the site's Terms and Conditions.

Via GoFundMe:

 "After careful review by our team, we have found the "Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa" campaign to be in violation of our Terms and Conditions. The money raised thus far will still be made available for withdrawal. While a different campaign was recently permitted for a pizzeria in Indiana, no laws were violated and the campaign remained live. However, the subjects of the "Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa" campaign have been formally charged by local authorities and found to be in violation of Oregon state law concerning discriminatory acts. Accordingly, the campaign has been disabled."


Log Cabin Republicans Issue Statement Welcoming Bruce Jenner as a Transgender Republican

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In what was perhaps the biggest shock during Bruce Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer last night, the 65-year-old former Olympian revealed he's actually a Republican.

"I've always been on the more conservative side," Jenner said when asked his thoughts on President Obama being the first president to say the word "transgender" in a State of the Union address. Jenner also said he would absolutely ask Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner to help champion trans issues, saying he thinks "they'd be very receptive to it."

Log Cabin Republicans National Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo issued the following statement following the revelation:

LcrAs the nation’s only organization representing LGBT conservatives and straight allies, Log Cabin Republicans congratulates Bruce Jenner in the tremendous courage he demonstrated tonight, being true to himself both in terms of his personal identity as well as his political identity. There is a home for you in Log Cabin Republicans — as there is for all lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender conservatives and straight allies.

The Washington Post notes that a 2014 Gallup poll found 21% of LGBT Americans are Republican or lean Republican. 

And in case you missed Jenner's interview, you can watch in full HERE


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