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04/19/2007


GOP Rep. Adds Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment To Defense Appropriations Bill

SteveKingRepublican Rep. Steve King of Iowa today attached an amendment to a Defense Appropriations Bill that would ban not only same-sex marriages on military bases, but also orders military chaplains to steer clear of such ceremonies.

"The Defense of Marriage Act means this: Marriage means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife. And the word ‘spouse’ only refers to a member of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife. Pretty simple statute being contravened by the president of the United States as exercised through the Secretary of Defense," King said of the President and the State Department's position that same-sex marriages should be allowed on bases.

"This amendment prohibits the use of military facilities or the pay of military chaplains for being used to contravene the defense of marriage act."

According to Politico, Democratic Congressman Norm Dicks of Washington called King's measure "contentious and discriminatory."


Colbert Finds Romney's VP, Anti-Gay Iowa Rep. Steve King: VIDEO

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Stephen Colbert says he has found Mitt Romney's running mate in Iowa wingnut Rep. Steve King, someone who must appeal to women, Hispanics, African Americans, evangelical Christians and Republicans. Additionally, King said last week that gays should stay in the closet at work.

Says Colbert: "Hear that the gays? It's up to you to keep us from discriminating. Because once we know you're gay, I have a natural desire to fire you. And, unlike gay, discriminating is not a choice."

Featuring a special appearance by cameraman Julian.

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Republicans: Sexual Harassment Does Not Exist

HermanCainSmilesSlate's Dahlia Lithwick has a hilarious article up on the new nature of sexual harrassment denialism, which depends less on defending the accused ("So-and-so didn't sexually harass anybody because So-and-so is a good and honorable person!") than on imagining the offense out of existence ("So-and-so couldn't have sexually harassed anybody, because the whole concept of sexual harassment is the invention of a conspiracy of humorless biddies out to castrate successful men and take their money!") The article's all about the legion of Herman Cain defenders who've sprung up in the three weeks since we first caught wind of his alleged history of harassment. Below, find the remarkable collection of quotes Lithwick has compiled to illustrate her point. They paint a pretty bleak picture of the right's stance on gender relations in this allegedly enlightened anno Domini, 2011.

Road John Derbyshire, National Review: "Is there anyone who thinks sexual harassment is a real thing? Is there anyone who doesn’t know it's all a lawyers' ramp, like 'racial discrimination'? You pay a girl a compliment nowadays, she runs off and gets lawyered up."

Road Laura Ingraham, The Laura Ingraham Show: "We have seen this movie before and we know how it ends. It always ends up being an employee who can’t perform or who under-performs and is looking for a little green."

Road Kurt Schlichter, New York Post: " ... the only things you need to file a lawsuit are the filing fee and a printer. Facts are optional. … Where sexual-harassment law once protected women from being forced to be the playthings of crude lechers, it’s been transformed to enforcing a prim puritanism that drains the humor and humanity from the workplace."

Road Sen. Rand Paul, quoted at Politico: "There are people now who hesitate to tell a joke to a woman in the workplace, any kind of joke, because it could be interpreted incorrectly."

Road Rep. Steve King, quoted at Slate: "It's a terrible concept to define an action by the perception of the perceived victim."

Road Ex-Sen. Fred Thompson, National Review: "These alleged victims and their lawyers -- no matter what they may say publicly -- are champing at the bit to come forward for their day in the limelight and the inevitable book deal."

Incredible, isn't it? Apart from the plain inhumanity of accusing strangers of dastardly selfishness, sans evidence, because they happen to accuse a beloved public figure of something nasty, the right's wagon-rallying around Herman Cain reveals an extraordinary lack of logical rigor. Taken to its conclusion, it imagines out of existence any misbehavior by anyone, so long as that someone is someone they like. There's no whistle-blowing that couldn't, in theory, be ascribed to some selfish motive or misunderstanding. For example: You could say that Fred Thompson doesn't really think Cain's accusers are selfish money-grubbers; that he's only claiming so because he wants to enhance his profile by commenting loudly on a hot-button issue. But you shouldn't. Because there's just not enough evidence either way.


Rep. Steve Kings Says Gays Who Want Marriage are 'Promoting the Idea of Desecrating the Eucharist': VIDEO

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Right Wing Watch posts an exchange between anti-gay Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King and Bishop William Lori at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing yesterday on “The State of Religious Liberty in the United States.”

King suggests that gays who want same-sex marriage are "promoting the idea of desecrating the Eucharist" and are a "direct affront" to the Church. Lori is in willing agreement.

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Gay-Hating Rep. Steve King Wants to Punish Obama for DOMA by Cutting Justice Dept. Budget

GOP Iowa Rep. Steve King, who has led the fight against marriage equality in his home state, wants to punish Obama for deciding that DOMA could not longer be defended in court by cutting funds to the Department of Justice, ABC News reports.

King Said King: “We have the authority to do a few things, and one of them is to control the budget. The resources that they would be using to defend the DOMA law in court are not necessary to appropriate to them. So with open rules on appropriations, that’s an opportunity to bring an amendment that will reduce their budget by an appropriate amount. To continue funding a Justice Department that defies their oath to the Constitution and refuses to enforce the laws of the U.S. is a terrible precedent to tolerate. So the first thing is to send a very strong message by cutting the funding to the Justice Department."”

 


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ZINNIA JONES: Reporting on the BBC's "balance" in asking a Christian who supports execution of gays to comment on the Elton John baby.

WILLIAM DALEY: President names his new Chief of Staff.

KRAFT MAC & CHEESE: Their new ad featuring Ted 'Golden Voice' Williams.

REP STEVE KING (R-IA): His solution if you can't afford health care? Move to another state.

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