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Rachel Maddow Takes the Temperature of the U.S. on Gay Rights: VIDEO


In an excellent, sweeping segment last night, Rachel Maddow looked at Republicans and Democrats on gay rights.

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Says Maddow: "The two parties are moving in two completely different directions on this issue of policy - it's not being reported that way but that is the way it is going - you would think it is 1992 all over again - nobody calls it a 'culture war' anymore but as much as any time in the last generation right now, there are definitely two sides on this issue."

Yesterday, we reported that Mike Rosebush, a 'gay conversion therapy' advocate, was overseeing the cadet counseling program at the US Air Force Academy.

Last night, Maddow focused a light on the situation there and brought it back to the George Rekers "rent boy" story and his organization NARTH, with which Rosebush is associated.

"Did the Air Force hire [Rosebush] despite this being his area of expertise, or because this is what they wanted?" asks Maddow. The Air Force told her that the person who hired Rosebush has retired but that indeed, Rosebush is serving in that position, and was hired for his leadership development and analytical skills.

PerryMaddow then moves into a broader look at the massive but largely unreported divide between the blue states and the red states on gay rights. She takes a look at the proclamation by Texas yesterday that the National Guard would not process housing allowances for gay couples and notes that "radically anti-gay politics are in ascendance in the Republican party."

Adds Maddow: "In Texas the political calculation is that it is more important to be anti-gay than to support the troops."

She then takes a moment with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to talk about the passage of marriage equality in Illinois.

Watch the engaging segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Illinois Governor to Sign Marriage Equality Bill Today, on Abraham Lincoln's Desk

Governor Pat Quinn will sign his state's marriage equality today, making Illinois the 16th state in the union (with Washington D.C.) to have marriage equality.

QuinnMore than 3,000 people are expected at the University of Illinois Chicago Forum for the signing, which will take place at 3:30 pm CT this afternoon.

Said Quinn: "I look forward to signing this landmark legislation on November 20 and celebrating a big step forward with the people of Illinois."

Couples are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to marry in the Land of Lincoln, the Chicago Tribune reports:

Local wedding planners already are anticipating a possible gay wedding boom after June 1, when the law takes effect. Anthony Navarro, a Lakeview-based wedding and event planner, has been planning ceremonies for same-sex couples in the region for more than a decade. He said he looks forward to having the appropriate language to describe events that he has described for years as "commitment ceremonies" or "civil union ceremonies."

Quinn will sign the bill today on the desk used by Abraham Lincoln to write his inaugural address.

Chicago Cardinal George Asked if He'll Seek to Deny Communion to Governor Pat Quinn Over Gay Marriage


Chicago Cardinal Francis George, who released a letter in church bulletins throughout the Chicago Archdiocese on Sunday condemning the state's same-sex marriage law, was asked if he'll seek to deny communion to three of Illinois' most prominent Catholic lawmakers, the Sun-Times reports:

Quinn“What’s the point of talking?” George told a Sun-Times reporter Sunday after Mass at St. Genevieve Parish, on the city’s West Side.

He made the comment after being asked specifically whether he would seek to deny communion to the trio of Chicago Democrats: Gov. Pat Quinn, who’s expected to sign the bill into law this week, as well as House Speaker Michael Madigan or Senate President John Cullerton.

Further commentary would be “creating a story of good guys and bad guys,” the cardinal said, adding that he feels his words are “sliced up without nuance.”

“So, I don’t see any point in talking,” George said.

Messages left with representatives of all three elected leaders were not immediately returned Sunday night.

George had said in his letter that the new law would " contribute over the long run to the further dissolution of marriage and family life, which are the bedrock of any society.”

Catholic Bishop to Hold 'Exorcism' as Illinois Governor Signs Gay Marriage Into Law

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield, Illinois has big plans to counter the ceremony Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is planning to sing the marraige equality bill into law next week.

PaprockiWrites Bishop Thomas John Paprocki in a press release:

Scheduled for approximately the same time that Gov. Pat Quinn signs into Illinois law the redefinition of civil marriage, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will offer “Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage” at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sixth and Lawrence streets in Springfield, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 4 to 5 p.m. Clergy, religious and laity are invited to attend.

“The context for this prayer service may be understood by recalling the words of Pope Francis when he faced a similar situation as Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 2010,” Bishop Paprocki said.

Regarding the proposed redefinition of civil marriage in Argentina, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio wrote on June 22, 2010: “The Argentine people must face, in the next few weeks, a situation whose result may gravely harm the family. It is the bill on matrimony of persons of the same sex. The identity of the family, and its survival, are in jeopardy here: father, mother, and children. The life of so many children who will be discriminated beforehand due to the lack of human maturity that God willed them to have with a father and a mother is in jeopardy. At stake is the total rejection of God’s law engraved in our hearts. ... Let us not be naive: it is not a simple political struggle; it is an intention [which is] destructive of the plan of God. It is not a mere legislative project (this is a mere instrument), but rather a ‘move’ of the father of lies who wishes to confuse and deceive the children of God.”

Bishop Paprocki noted, “The pope’s reference to the ‘father of lies’ comes from the Gospel of John (8:44), where Jesus refers to the devil as ‘a liar and the father of lies.’ So Pope Francis is saying that same-sex ‘marriage’ comes from the devil and should be condemned as such.”

Illinois Speaker Mike Madigan and Governor Pat Quinn are both Catholics.

Adds Paprocki in his release:

“It is scandalous that so many Catholic politicians are responsible for enabling the passage of this legislation and even twisting the words of the pope to rationalize their actions despite the clear teaching of the church,” he said. “All politicians now have the moral obligation to work for the repeal of this sinful and objectionable legislation. We must pray for deliverance from this evil which has penetrated our state and our church.”

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to Sign Marriage Equality Bill on November 20


Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will sign the marriage equality bill on November 20, he announced today:

Governor Quinn today announced that he will sign historic legislation in the days ahead that will make Illinois the 15th state in the nation to embrace full marriage equality. The signing ceremony will take place at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Forum on November 20, 2013 at 3:30 p.m.

“Marriage equality is coming to Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. “I look forward to signing this landmark legislation on November 20 and celebrating a big step forward with the people of Illinois.”

Missouri Couple Organizes 'Marriage Equality Bus' Trips to Iowa: VIDEO


Marriage equality has historically been seen as a liberal, coastal development: same-sex couples can now drive through the Northeast from Maine to Washington, DC without leaving a marriage equality state, and California allowed same-sex couples to wed early--albeit briefly--in 2008.  But since 2009, there has been one unusual, non-coastal exception: Iowa, which was joined by Minnesota this May and Illinois just last night as the only states in the Midwest to provide equal marriage rights.

Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court decision this summer invalidating the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibited married same-sex couples from obtaining federal benefits, couples in non-marriage equality states in the Midwest--say, for example, Missouri or Wisconsin--have been able to wed in nearby marriage equality states to access at least some of the benefits of marriage.  As Al Jazeera America reports, Scott Emanuel and Ed Reggi of Missouri have become a pair of unexpected heroes on that front:

The St. Louis pair organizes buses that take area couples to Iowa to tie the knot. To date, they have put together 14 trips that have taken 150 couples to get married. Emanuel and Reggi were the first. Brandi and Kate Davis were the 142nd.

Dubbed the Marriage Equality Bus, the project was born from Emanuel and Reggi’s own love story. They were surprised when the Iowa Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages in that state in 2009, and the decision offered an opportunity. Iowa had become an unexpected solution to a unique problem facing LGBT couples in the Midwest.

“We found a few friends who wanted to go and get married too,” he said. “Then it expanded. Then we had more than a van.”

Emanuel and Reggi ended up chartering a bus with 16 other couples. After the first bus trip, word spread, and they haven’t stopped since.

“It’s the first time a lot of couples see their names on a document together,” Emanuel said. “That’s significant.”

With Illinois days away from becoming the 15th state to allow same-sex couples to marry (Gov. Pat Quinn has said he will signed the legislature-approved bill into law sometime this month), couples in Missouri and other nearby states without marriage equality will have a new, closer option than Iowa where there can get married.  For couples in Missouri, a state with deep red majorities in both houses of the legislature and no laws prohibiting employment discrimination against LGBT people, that's a very good thing, indeed.

Check out a short film about Emanuel and Reggi's Marriage Equality Bus, AFTER THE JUMP...

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