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RNC to Vote on Resolution Affirming 'One Man One Woman' Marriage and Urging Supreme Court to Do the Same

The Republican National Committee is set to convene tomorrow at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in L.A. for a 3-day spring meeting where they will discuss the party's direction and vote on several motions, one of which would reaffirm party opposition to same-sex marriage, reports Chris Moody at Yahoo's The Ticket:

RncAt the meeting, a group of state party leaders is expected to submit a set of proposals to the RNC's Resolution Committee that aim to "re-affirm conservative principles." One in particular will take the temperature of the party's opposition to same-sex marriage. (The official Republican platform, which was approved at the national convention last August, calls for a constitutional amendment that would effectively ban same-sex marriage.)

According to the text of a marriage resolution, which was acquired by Yahoo News, the RNC panel will vote on a resolution stating, "[T]he Republican National Committee affirms its support for marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and as the optimum environment in which to raise healthy children for the future of America; and be it further resolved, the Republican National Committee implores the U. S. Supreme Court to uphold the sanctity of marriage in its rulings on California’s Proposition 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act."

While the result of the vote could reveal a headline-grabbing schism among party leaders over the issue, the same-sex marriage issue will likely not be the focal point of the conference.

The text of the resolution, via Yahoo! (click to enlarge):

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UPDATE:

Zack Ford at Think Progress notes that the six points the resolution attempts to make are backed up by citations from Mark Regnerus's politically-motivated junk science study on the inferiority of same-sex parenting or NOM's talking points.


Rachel Maddow Wonders How The Republican Party Can Possibly Rebrand its Image: VIDEO

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Yesterday, I posted the RNC's 100-page report intended to counter the wacko headlines coming out of CPAC with points and recommendations aimed at helping the party recover from the losses it suffered in 2012 by portraying itself as more tolerant to minority groups, gay people, and younger voters.

Last night Rachel Maddow took a look at the report and wondered how they can possibly rebrand.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Donald Trump Fires Obama in Clip Made for GOP Convention: VIDEO

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In a video made for but never shown at the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump conducts a mock performance review with President Obama before firing him. It was scheduled to be shown the first night of the convention, which was canceled due to Hurricane Isaac.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NEWS: Hitch, Bumps, And Ballers (VIDEO)

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Towleroad-roadicon The Times neatly sums up the sudden eruption of pro-equality sentiment from the NFL:

“I think it’s a transformational moment and seismic shift to see so many folks in the world of sports stepping up and speaking out in support of equality and fairness and, in this instance, marriage equality,” Ellner said. “It really demonstrates what we know, and what’s apparent in the polls, and that the world has changed.”

Towleroad-roadicon And another such summary from CNN.

Towleroad-roadicon Muslims, Jews, and Christians find common ground:

Around 500 mainly Jewish but some Christian and Muslim protesters gathered in Berlin on Sunday to demand the right to circumcision after a disputed court ruling in Germany outlawing the rite.

Some protesters were draped in Israeli flags, others wore orthodox Jewish dress for the peaceful demonstration on Berlin’s Bebelplatz, infamous as the site of book-burning ceremonies carried out by Adolf Hitler’s Nazis.

One banner at the demonstration accused Germany of reverting to a “colonial power” while another read: “Foreskin? No thank you!”

Towleroad-roadicon Next year likely to be the hottest on record.

Towleroad-roadicon Obama gets a great big convention bump:

The latest daily tracking poll showed Obama, a Democrat, with a lead of 4 percentage points over Romney. Forty-seven percent of 1,457 likely voters surveyed online over the previous four days said they would vote for Obama if the November 6 elections were held today, compared with 43 percent for Romney.

... Obama increased his lead over Romney in certain favorable characteristics. Asked who was more "eloquent," 50 percent of the 1,720 registered voters questioned in the poll favored Obama, compared to 25 percent for Romney. Asked about being "smart enough for the job," 46 percent sided with Obama compared to 37 percent for Romney.

In fact, Obama led Romney in a dozen such favorable characteristics, such as "represents America" or "has the right values." The only such category in which Romney had an advantage was being "a man of faith," as 44 percent picked Romney, who is Mormon, compared to 31 percent for Obama, who is Christian.

Towleroad-roadicon The GOP sues to keep third-party candidates off the ballot in November.

Towleroad-roadicon Al Pacino as Joe Paterno?

RajonRondoTowleroad-roadicon There are a lot of big books coming out this fall. The Times' has a preview:

Fall is traditionally the biggest season in the book business, the time that publishers reserve for their most high-profile authors. But this year it is especially crammed with writers who are both household names and have not released a book in several years, like the octogenarian Mr. Wolfe, whose last novel, “I Am Charlotte Simmons,” was published in 2004, and Mr. Díaz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” which came out in 2007.

Salman Rushdie, the author of “Midnight’s Children,” will release a memoir ... [J.K.] Rowling, best known for her phenomenally best-selling Harry Potter series, has written her first novel for adults, “The Casual Vacancy.”

In November Nan A. Talese/Doubleday will release Ian McEwan’s “Sweet Tooth” ... Michael Chabon’s new novel, “Telegraph Avenue,” is scheduled for release on Sept. 11 ...

The pileup has left publishers jostling for shelf space and publication dates, and critics wondering how they can review all of the elite writers worthy of attention ...

Towleroad-roadicon The NBA's Rajon Rando, point guard, millionaire, and noted cutie, goes to work as an unpaid fashion intern.

Towleroad-roadicon AFTER THE JUMP: See the ordinarily private Carol Blue, Christopher Hitchens's widow, speaks to Charlie Rose about her late husband's last book, Mortality, and his "year of living dyingly."

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Clint Eastwood Speaks Out, Calls Obama 'The Greatest Hoax Ever Perpetrated on the American People'

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Clint Eastwood is speaking out in his first interview since his disastrous RNC speech in which he spoke to an empty chair.

Said Eastwood to the Carmel Pine Cone: “President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people. Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that’s what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle.”

Eastwood, who supports marriage equality, is pro-choice, and disagrees with Obama mostly on economic issues,  says he only decided 15 minutes before his speech to use the chair:

“There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down. When I saw the stool sitting there, it gave me the idea. I’ll just put the stool out there and I’ll talk to Mr. Obama and ask him why he didn’t keep all of the promises he made to everybody.”

Eastwood said he wasn't vetted because he didn't know what he was going to say: “It was supposed to be a contrast with all the scripted speeches, because I’m Joe Citizen. I’m a movie maker, but I have the same feelings as the average guy out there.”


Watch Gay Republicans Explain Themselves: VIDEO

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Before the Democratic National Convention gets underway, here's another nugget from the Republican National Convention held last week.

Watch as gay Republicans plead their case to BuzzFeed. Spoiler: there's a lot of "people should be able to do what they want" and justifications for supporting a party that wants to create a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage.

Take a peek AFTER THE JUMP.

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