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Ted Cruz Insists Marriage Equality is the 'Greatest Threat' to Religious Freedom Ever: LISTEN

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Tet it never be said that Ted Cruz isn’t a man of strong, deeply-held convictions. In a recent interview with conservative talk show host Eric Metaxas (pictured below right), the 2016 Republican hopeful doubled down on his already rather obvious views on LGBT-identified people.

Metaxes“We are seeing today profound threats to religious liberty in America, I think the greatest threats we’ve ever seen,” Cruz reasoned when prompted to share his views on gay marriage. “We’re a nation that was founded by men and women who were fleeing religious oppression and coming to seek out a land where everyone of us could worship God Almighty with all of our hearts, minds and souls, and that is under profound jeopardy today.”

In addition to declaring that his opponents on the left were hellbent on destroying purportedly religious foundations upon which the country was built, Cruz went on to explain how in the future, churches would be forced to pay taxes as part of a larger liberal scheme. The plan, he insisted, was laid out in full last month by Solicitor General Donald Verrilli at the onset of the Supreme Court same sex marriage hearings.

“[U]niversities like Notre Dame or Georgetown and Brigham Young or any university that is founded as a Christian university, if it continues to follow biblical teachings on marriage,” Cruz intoned. [T]he federal government is asserting the power to discriminate and persecute them.”

As Right Wing Watch points out, Verrilli said no such thing.

Listen to a clip of Ted Cruz’s latest foray into the land of conservative, conspiratorial hatemongering AFTER THE JUMP...

(h/t Right Wing Watch)

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Oklahoma Stripper Seeks Protective Order Against Anti-Gay Texas Lawmaker

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A stripper in Oklahoma is seeking a protective order against one of Texas' most anti-gay lawmakers, accusing him of stalking her. 

Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, is the author of one of several Texas bills that seek to undermine a potential ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of nationwide marriage equality. At his swearing-in last year, Perry compared America's current "spiritual battle" to the Holocaust

The Associated Press reports on the stripper's request for a protective order against Perry:  

The clerk in Creek County, Oklahoma, confirmed Tuesday that a request for an order had been issued against Sen. Charles Perry of Lubbock, Texas.

The clerk said the document couldn't be released since it hadn't yet been served.

But the woman seeking the protective order posted a photo of it on Twitter, where she describes herself as dancer at a gentlemen's club.


Here's the woman's tweet:

 

Although it hasn't gotten a hearing, Perry's anti-gay marriage bill is similar to a proposal from GOP Rep. Cecil Bell that is expected to be voted on by the Texas House this week. From Perry's press release about the bill in February: 

LUBBOCK, TX – Today, Senator Charles Perry filed SB 673 (The Preservation of Sovereignty and Marriage Act) to protect traditional marriage and reaffirm Texas sovereignty under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. ... 

SB 673 centralizes the process of obtaining marriage licenses to a single Texas entity, the Secretary of State. This will ensure uniformity and prevent noncompliant individuals within a county from issuing marriage licenses that do not conform to state law.

“The officiate of a marriage ceremony already says ‘By the power vested in me by the great State of Texas’,” continued Perry. “My bill simply gives this statement some teeth and places marriage under the purview of the state. I look forward to working closely with stakeholders to ensure the final version of this bill is strong and provides robust protection of marriage as defined by the Texas Constitution.”

In March, at an anti-gay marriage rally featuring Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore at the Capitol, Sen. Perry introduced his pastor to speak. From The Texas Observer

Sen. Perry, who along with Rep. Bell has filed legislation seeking to prevent Texas clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, introduced his pastor, Rev. David Wilson of Southcrest Baptist Church in Lubbock. Perry said the nation needs a revival that starts from the pulpits, and Wilson backed that up with a fiery speech.

“If humans invented marriage, then polygamy, the taking of several wives, polyandry, the sharing of a wife by several husbands, same-sex marriage, marriage between an adult and a child, marriage between relatives, might seem normal and acceptable,” Wilson said. “But if man created marriage, then monogamy, the lifelong union of one man to one woman, would have no more intrinsic value than any other type of marriage. But marriage is not human invention, it is God’s design.”

According to Perry's website, he's a deacon in the church and has been married to his wife for 32 years. 

UPDATE: EverythingLubbock.com identified the woman as Cindy Ortiz: 

Ortiz wrote in an email, “Mr. Perry has hacked my computer, email accounts, social media accounts and used that private information to interfere with relationships and work.”

Ortiz also wrote, “Mr. Perry will never admit to these activities.”

“Mr. Perry has been asked repeatedly, verbally and in writing to cease and desist these activities to which he replies, ‘I can’t,’” Ortiz said. 

 


Rand Paul Staffer Licks Camera of Democratic Tracker: VIDEO

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Democratic trackers typically follow rival candidates to events in order to keep an eye on them, as was the case at a Rand Paul event in New Hampshire on Monday.

But a tracker from the Democratic opposition research super PAC, American Bridge 21st Century found out the hard way that Paul's staffers lick back.

Watch the lick go down, AFTER THE JUMP...

Paul's campaign declined to comment on the staffer's actions.

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Carly Fiorina Says Americans Should Accept SCOTUS Ruling on Marriage, Won't Oppose It: VIDEO

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Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and GOP presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina was asked about the upcoming SCOTUS marriage ruling in an interview over the weekend with the political blog Caffeinated Thoughts.

Separating herself from some of her rivals like Scott Walker, Fiorina said she does not support a federal marriage amendment.

Said Fiorina:

“I think the Supreme Court ruling will become the law of the land, and however much I may agree or disagree with it, I wouldn’t support an amendment to reverse it."

Then she swiveled to the hot conservative topic of "religious liberty".

"I very much hope that we would come to a place now in this nation where we can support their decision and at the same time support people to have, to hold religious views and to protect their right to exercise those views.I think this is a nation that should be able to accept that government shouldn’t discriminate on how it provides benefits and that people have a right to their religious views and those views need to be protected.  We need to protect religious liberty in this country."

Watch the clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

On the topic of whether she agrees or disagrees with SCOTUS ruling on the issue, it's the former. Fiorina said in February that "the worst thing the Supreme Court can do" is rule on marriage.

(h/t right wing watch)

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GOP Establishment Seeking to Tweak Party's 2016 Anti-gay Marriage Platform with Sen. Rob Portman's Help

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An interesting tidbit of news out of CNN today:

PortmanWhatever the Supreme Court decides, social conservatives active in the Republican Party are vowing to leave tough language opposing same-sex marriage in the GOP's 2016 platform.

But a group of establishment GOP leaders wants to drop the language, believing it hurts the party with young people and some other voters.

And CNN is told they hope Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio will take a lead role in reshaping the platform.

Watch CNN's John King discuss Portman's possible 2016 role, AFTER THE JUMP...

Portman, you'll likely recall, became the first sitting GOP senator to back same-sex marriage. That was back in March 2013. Since then Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, and Mark Kirk, as well as a handful of GOP House members, have joined the growing ranks. 

Wrote Portman in an op-ed for The Columbia Dispatch shortly after his announcement:

Portman2Two years ago, my son Will, then a college freshman, told my wife, Jane, and me that he is gay. He said he’d known for some time, and that his sexual orientation wasn’t something he chose; it was simply a part of who he is. Jane and I were proud of him for his honesty and courage. We were surprised to learn he is gay but knew he was still the same person he’d always been. The only difference was that now we had a more complete picture of the son we love.

At the time, my position on marriage for same-sex couples was rooted in my faith tradition that marriage is a sacred bond between a man and a woman. Knowing that my son is gay prompted me to consider the issue from another perspective: that of a dad who wants all three of his kids to lead happy, meaningful lives with the people they love, a blessing Jane and I have shared for 26 years.

The Republican Party's current platform, last updated in 2012, has this to say on the issue of marriage:

The institution of marriage is the foundation of civil society. Its success as an institution will determine our success as a nation. It has been proven by both experience and endless social science studies that traditional marriage is best for children. Children raised in intact married families are more likely to attend college, are physically and emotionally healthier, are less likely to use drugs or alcohol, engage in crime, or get pregnant outside of marriage. The success of marriage directly impacts the economic well-being of individuals. Furthermore, the future of marriage affects freedom. The lack of family formation not only leads to more government costs, but also to more government control over the lives of its citizens in all aspects. We recognize and honor the courageous efforts of those who bear the many burdens of parenting alone, even as we believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman must be upheld as the national standard, a goal to stand for, encourage, and promote through laws governing marriage. We embrace the principle that all Americans should be treated with respect and dignity.

Of the six declared GOP 2016 candidates for president, four (Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Marco Rubio) are completely opposed to marriage equality. Carly Fiorina has remained vague on the issue saying recently that the debate over same-sex marriage "is an important conversation that is going on in homes, churches, and communities across the country. I think that the worst thing the Supreme Court can do right now is shortcut this conversation."

Rand Paul, meanwhile, remains "offended" by same-sex marriage but says he's open to gay couples signing marriage "contracts" just as long as religion isn't involved. 

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Sen. Marco Rubio Headlines Fundraiser for Anti-LGBT Arizona Group Advocating for 'Ex-gay' Conversion Therapy

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At Arizona Christian University Wednesday night, presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio held a fundraiser for the Center for Arizona Policy, which is widely known for its support of conversion therapy and for backing much of Arizona's conservative legislation, reports BuzzFeed.

The event was closed off to media however, a congressional staffer of Rep. Trent Franks attended the fundraiser and posted highlights from it including quotes from Rubio himself regarding abortion, gay marriage and entering an "era of moral relativism," on Twitter:

Rubio's quotes fall in line with the center's views on homosexuality, although the senator stated last month that he believes sexual preferences are something that "people are born with." However, Rubio did not openly reference or discuss the center's support of conversion therapy at the fundraiser; a spokesmen for Rubio declined to comment when asked if the senator agrees with group's idea that "homosexuals can modify their behavior and becoming heterosexual through Christian ministries and counseling."

Rubio recently reiterated that he believes same-sex marriage is not a constitutional right, calling the belief "ridiculous and absurd."


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