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Marriage Equality Ad Featuring Gay Republican Soldier Rejected by Tennessee Station: WATCH


Chatanooga-based WRCB is refusing to an air a 30-second ad produced by Freedom to Marry and featuring a gay Republican soldier, which makes the case for marriage equality in Tennessee, Buzzfeed News reports.

“It’s just a very controversial and personal issue, and we just choose to not air a commercial on either side of that debate,” Tom Tolar, the president and general manager of Chatanooga-based WRCB, told BuzzFeed News in a phone interview.

The ad crossed the station’s lines, he explained, because “people probably have really strong opinions on one side or other of the debate. It’s just an emotional debate for many people.”

2_ehrenfeldThe ad features Jesse Ehrenfeld, a Nashville resident and Commander in the Navy, who just returned from a nine month deployment to Afghanistan, and his partner Judd Taback.

Says Ehrenfeld in the ad, which is airing in Memphis and Nashville:

I’m a Republican, I’m a doctor, and I’m a soldier. As a military physician, I take care of other people’s loved ones who are wounded in combat. But here at home, I’m fighting a different fight. Because I’m gay, I’m not allowed to marry my partner here in Tennessee where we live. I was able to stand up and put my life on the line for the freedoms that we all enjoy, and yet I don’t have the freedom to marry my partner Judd. Support the freedom to marry, because freedom means freedom for everyone.

Ehrenfeld told Buzzfeed:

“Perhaps they are afraid of running afoul of their audience, but for us, that’s why it’s important to share this ad with as many people as possible — so they can understand the impact of the marriage debate on people like Judd and myself, that we cannot share in all the rights marriage offers and are made to feel like we are second-class citizens. And that is not right in any shape or form.”

Watch the ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson is SCOTUS in Supremely Funny Video on Upcoming Gay Marriage Ruling: WATCH


Back in April, we told you about Jesse Tyler Ferguson's Tie the Knot group and its plan to send custom wedding invitations to every Supreme Court justice ahead of the court's big ruling on same-sex marriage in June. The crafty project aims to show the justices how much their decision affects real lives of loving couples.  

With the card builder up and running on, JTF and Funny or Die have teamed up for a supremely hilarious reminder on how you can put a creative mark on history. 



"Things got cray-cray with the other Supremes last night. Breyer got a face tattoo."

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Rafael Cruz Warns Christians Staying Silent on 'Evil' Gay Marriage Would Be Like Ignoring Nazi Germany: VIDEO


Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz's father Rafael Cruz spoke at an event in Brenham, Texas warning attendees that the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage is "an ominous decision," that determines, "whether the definition of marriage we have had for 6,000 years is going to be thrown out the window," reports Right Wing Watch

Cruz senior proceeded to quote pastor and German dissident Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who famously spoke out against German citizens' silence toward Nazi Germany's systematic execution of Jewish people and other minority groups throughout Europe during World War II. Cruz likened this silence to Christians remaining quiet in the face of "homosexual marriage."

Said Cruz, quoting Bonhoeffer:

"How long are we going to remain silent? Or perhaps the more important question is are we going to have to answer to God for our silence? You know, silence is not an option."

You can watch Cruz senior grossly misquote Bonhoeffer, if you can stomach it, AFTER THE JUMP

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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Wants Ruth Bader Ginsburg Impeached For Officiating Gay Wedding: LISTEN


If Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore could have his way, Ruth Bader Ginsburg would be facing impeachment for her decision to officiate a same-sex marriage ahead of the Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling that will determine the fate of marriage equality in the U.S. Technically speaking, Ginsburg’s role as the officiator of a same sex wedding makes her the second justice (along with Kagan) to give her tacit support of marriage equality. Speaking to FRC hate leader Tony Perkins, Moore insisted that Ginsburg’s implicit support of gay marriage was proof enough of an inappropriate lack of professional objectivity on her part.

“Now she’s commenting on a case which is before her, and under judicial ethics of federal judges, she can’t do that,” he exclaimed. “[Ginsburg] is doing it in the face of plain evidence that she’s violating the ethical rules for federal judges… If Congress is going to let these justices disobey the Constitution they’re sworn to uphold, then Congress has a check and a balance. It’s called impeachment.”

RbgAs Think Progress points out, however, Ginsburg was well within her power as a Justice to oversee the union between two men. Even more important to highlight, though, is the fact that she acted within the parameters of the official code of conduct that all Supreme Court Justices are beholden to:

Most of the code speaks to impartiality, the notion that judges should not be biased because of familial connections, personal grudges, financial interests, or other affiliations with the parties or the issues at hand that would compromise their ability to be impartial.

As per the Justices’ code of conduct, the Justices are barred from making public statements “on the merits of a matter pending or impending in any court” barring instances where they find themselves explaining court procedures or sharing information for expressly educational purposes. Though some have speculated the meaning woven into Ginsburg’s tone during her officiating remarks during the ceremony, she made no explicit endorsements or condemnations of same-sex marriage.

Listen to Moore’s full tilt screed against Ginsburg AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Marriage News Watch: Alabama, Ireland - VIDEO


Matt Baume with the American Foundation for Equal Rights reports on an Alabama minister who's receiving jail time for marrying a same-sex couple, Ireland's recent marriage equality victory and Gallup's latest poll showing landmark support for same-sex marriage in the US.


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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Subtly Emphasizes Constitutionality of Same-Sex Marriage While Officiating Gay Wedding


Notorious RBG proves once again she doesn't mind making NOM and the other anti-gay groups' blood boil, as the NYT explains:

Wearing her black robe with her signature white lace collar, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg presided over the marriage on Sunday afternoon of Michael Kahn, the longtime artistic director of the Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, and Charles Mitchem, who works at an architecture firm in New York.

The gilded setting was elegant: Anderson House in the Embassy Row neighborhood, the headquarters in Washington of the Society of the Cincinnati, a club for the descendants of the French and American soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War. During the ceremony, the couple slipped black and gold Harry Winston rings onto each other’s fingers.

But the most glittering moment for the crowd came during the ceremony. With a sly look and special emphasis on the word “Constitution,” Justice Ginsburg said that she was pronouncing the two men married by the powers vested in her by the Constitution of the United States.

This is Ginsburg's third time officiating a same-sex wedding. She has previously said America is ready for nationwide marriage equality

A ruling in the same-sex marriage case is expected late June. 


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