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GOP Congressional Candidate Calls Gays 'Gremlins' and 'Bullies' In Vitriolic Facebook Rant

ScRepublican candidate for South Carolina's sixth congressional district Anthony P. Culler took to Facebook to voice his displeasure following the Supreme Court's decision earlier this month not to review any of the seven petitions on gay marriage it was considering, a decision that broadly expanded marriage rights in the U.S. for same-sex couples. In Culler's lengthy rant, he bemoaned same-sex marriage as a "pestilence" and called gay people "gremlins" and "bullies":

Same-sex "marriage" is a pestilence that has descended on our society, against our will, by those in the courts and government that do not value the traditional family. These people, like my opponent SC-6 Congressman Jim Clyburn who OPENLY supports same-sex "marriage," seek to destroy the traditional family and the values we cherish. [...]

Do not buy the "cuteness" and "What will it hurt?" arguments whispered in your ears and marketed to our children. Same-sex couples that seek to destroy our way of life and the institution of marriage are NOT cute and cuddly but rather (for those of you that are old enough to remember the movie), Gremlins that will only destroy our way of life.

These people are bullies and now that they are winning their true and hateful nature is much easier to see and hear. (Watch the response to this post.)

Do not condone same-sex "marriage" or their self-destructive (they also have a strong tendency for substance abuse), alternate lifestyle. Do not attend the "over the top" and "anything goes" ceremonies or parties that these people revel in. Look away from this scourge on society and condemn it.

However, as The Huffington Post reports, Culler trails Congressman Jim Clyburn, and will likely need "more than spooky slurs to unseat the Democratic incumbent, who has served in the House for more than 20 years."

You can read the full hate-filled post, AFTER THE JUMP...

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President Obama Says There's A Constitutional Right to Nationwide Marriage Equality


In an interview published today over at The New Yorker, President Obama weighed in on the issues that have come to define his judicial legacy (health care, voting rights, gay marriage) as well as his belief the Constitution requires all states to permit same-sex marriage.

"Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all fifty states,” he said. “But, as you know, courts have always been strategic. There have been times where the stars were aligned and the Court, like a thunderbolt, issues a ruling like Brown v. Board of Education, but that’s pretty rare. And, given the direction of society, for the Court to have allowed the process to play out the way it has may make the shift less controversial and more lasting."

Obama was also asked to name the best Supreme Court decision of his tenure and he answered with the high court's decision earlier this month to not take up gay marriage cases from 5 states:

“In some ways, the decision that was just handed down to not do anything about what states are doing on same-sex marriage may end up being as consequential—from my perspective, a positive sense—as anything that’s been done,” the President said. “Because I think it really signals that although the Court was not quite ready—it didn’t have sufficient votes to follow Loving v. Virginia and go ahead and indicate an equal-protection right across the board—it was a consequential and powerful signal of the changes that have taken place in society and that the law is having to catch up.” 

Head over to The New Yorker HERE to read the full interview, in which Obama also discusses his efforts to diversify judicial appointments in regards to nominees' race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Marriage Equality: 'No Crying Need' for SCOTUS Yet


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sat down with NPR's Nina Totenberg for a conversation at the 92nd Street Y which was streamed online.

NotoriousrbgGinsburg was asked about the Court's recent refusal to take up any of the marriage cases presented to it, setting in motion the legalization of same-sex marriage  in numerous states.

Ginsburg said that since all the appellate courts have so far been in agreement, there has been no need:

“Nina, as you know when there's no disagreement among the Courts of Appeals, we don't step in. The major job that the Court has is to keep the law of the United States more or less uniform, so when Courts of Appeals disagree about what the law of the United States is, then we are obligated to grant review. If there had been a court of Appeals on the other side, we probably would have taken that case, but up till now, all the Courts of Appeal agree, so there is no crying need for us to step in.”

When asked whether, with so many states having marriage equality, there is even a possibility that the country could reverse course on the issue, Ginsburg said:

"I can't give an opinion on that."

Ginsburg has said in prior remarks that the Circuit to watch would be the Sixth Circuit, whose marriage decision we're still waiting on.

Watch (marriage discussion starting at 4:20), AFTER THE JUMP...

Ginsburg also told Totenburg about the well-known "Notorious RBG" t-shirts.

The Justice said she has a large supply of them:

"I think a law clerk told me about this tumblr and also explained to me what Notorious RBG was a parody on. And now my grandchildren love it and I try to keep abreast of the latest that’s on the tumblr..."

And read our legal editor Ari Ezra Waldman's column from earlier this month on why we may not even need the Supreme Court HERE.

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Check Out John Oliver's Spot-on Animal Reenactment of the Supreme Court: VIDEO


With the Supreme Court not permitting the use of cameras during oral arguments, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver decided to devote "an incredible amount of time and an almost immoral amount of resources" to recreating the high court's chambers with real animals so that we can all finally have engaging and amusing footage when discussing our country's most important legal cases.

Ever wonder what Antonin Scalia or Ruth Bader Ginsburg would look like in canine-form when discussing the constitutional merits of gay marriage? Well now you can see for yourself, AFTER THE JUMP...


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Ninth Circuit Grants Temporary Stay on Gay Marriages In Alaska Pending SCOTUS Appeal

Same-sex marriage in Alaska, which began Monday after a federal judge overturned the state's gay marriage ban, has now been placed on temporary hold by the Ninth Circuit in order to allow the state time to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court. 

The Washington Blade reports:

AlaskaAccording to the two-page order, same-sex weddings are stayed until Friday at 12 pm Pacific Time (3 pm Eastern Time) to give state officials the opportunity to obtain an additional stay from the Supreme Court. But if the Supreme Court declines to halt the weddings, the Ninth Circuit stay will dissolve by that deadline. [...]

Adam Romero, federal legal director for the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, said the stay has the effect of creating “tiny window” for the Supreme Court to consider a stay before same-sex marriages continue in Alaska.

“Given the Supreme Court’s recent decisions on similar requests, I expect the Court to deny a stay to Alaska, which will result in same-sex marriage coming to Alaska while the states exhausts its appeals,” Romero said. “On the merits, I see no scenario, in the present circumstances, in which the Ninth Circuit does not strike down Alaska’s ban, or Arizona’s or Montana’s bans for that matter.”

On Friday, the Supreme Court lifted a similar stay in the Ninth Circuit ruling overturning Idaho's gay marriage ban. 

Read the order granting temporary stay below via Equality Case Files

Pat Buchanan and Linda Harvey Call for 'Civil Disobedience' In the Fight Against Gay Marriage: AUDIO


Former MSNBC host and "culture warrior" Pat Buchanan and right-wing nutbag Linda Harvey appear to have synced up their bigoted calendars this week - as both are now calling for Christians to rise up in mass "civil disobedience" against the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision Monday. 

Writing over at World Net Daily, Buchanan explains how the Supreme Court's decision this week is really just part of its wider agenda imposing the religion of "secular humanism" on the American public:

The Supreme Court has ordered the de-Christianization of all public institutions in what was a predominantly Christian country. Christian holy days, holidays, Bibles, books, prayers and invocations were all declared to be impermissible in public schools and the public square.

Secular humanism became, through Supreme Court edict, our established religion in the United States.

And the American people took it.

Why was there not massive civil disobedience against this anti-Christian discrimination, as there was against segregation? Why did Congress, which has the power to abolish every federal district and appellate court and to restrict the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, not act?

Similarly, Linda Harvey warned on her radio show yesterday:

This is attempted theft of what God has ordained and our Lord will not honor this lawlessness. Allowing homosexuality to become normal in America may certainly be part of God’s judgment on our once-Christian nation for our irresponsible sexual practices and for turning our back on what the Lord has taught us. Even so, God will at some point allow the consequences of such defiance to play itself out and that will be a very tragic day indeed for those who have thumbed their noses at the Lord as they celebrate sin...pray friends for how God would use you as we enter a time of possible civil disobedience. We must not serve the interests of sin and darkness. 

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