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Idaho House Calls On Congress To Impeach Judges Who Rule In Favor Of Marriage Equality


Idaho Republican lawmakers want to impeach judges who rule in favor of same-sex marriage. 

In a 44-25 vote, the Idaho House on Friday passed a non-binding resolution calling on Congress to impeach judges who go beyond the "original intent" of the U.S. Constitution when it comes to marriage.

Supporters of the resolution believe marriage should be left to the states under the 10th Amendment, and are outraged that the 14th Amendment's guarantee of equal protection is being applied to gay people. 

From The Spokesman-Review

Sheperd“I think somehow, someday we’ve gotta take a stand,” GOP Rep. Paul Shepherd (right) told the House. A sixth-term state representative from Riggins who owns a sawmill and log home company, Shepherd was the author and sponsor of the measure.

“You can’t say an immoral behavior according to God’s word, what we’ve all been taught since the beginning, is something that’s just, and that’s really kinda what this is all about,” he told the House. “We’d better uphold Christian morals. As an example, how about fornication, adultery and other issues.”

More from The Times-News

“The men that wrote the 14th Amendment would be turning over in their graves if they could see it was being interpreted in such a way as to force states to accept same-sex marriage,” said Rep. Linden Bateman, R-Idaho Falls.

Eleven Republicans joined 14 Democrats in opposing the measure. Same-sex marriage has been legal in Idaho since last year, despite Republican Gov. Butch Otter's legal crusade against it. One recent poll showed that 53 percent of Idahoans now support same-sex marriage.

From The Spokesman-Review

McCrostieRep. John McCrostie (right), D-Boise, who is gay, told the House, “Of all the bills that I’ve voted on in the last weeks, HJM 4 causes me the most hurt. … This bill is personal, and it hurts me. … This bill implies that my marriage isn’t worth as much as someone else’s.”

More from McCrostie in The Times-News

“Is my marriage so despicable that a federal judge should be impeached?” he asked.

Since the resolution likely won’t result in any federal judges being impeached, McCrostie said, all it does at the end of the day is give lawmakers something to campaign on while telling gay Idahoans they are worthless.

Another Democratic lawmaker said the resolution would only hurt Idaho's image: 

“This puts us in the Web, this puts us in the news, as a state that is intolerant and does not understand the important separation of powers,” said Rep. Mat Erpelding, D-Boise.

Shepherd, the author of the resolution, said he also would have voted to impeach Chief Justice Earl Warren over the Supreme Court's decisions in the early 1960s ending mandatory prayer in schools.

Given that he supports the "original intent" of the Constitution, Shepherd also presumably would advocate counting African-Americans as three-fifths of a person.   

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The Animus Amicus: Archive Activism and Marriage Equality

Mattachine Society

Note: This article first appeared at Huffington Post. 


In April, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of state laws that ban same-sex couples from getting married. The historic case has attracted a widearray of amicus briefs; People For the American Way Foundation joined religious and civil rights groups on a brief urging the Court to reject discriminatory marriage bans and challenging “religious liberty” arguments opposing marriage equality.

One fascinating brief was filed by the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C.  The original group by that name was led by Frank Kameny, an astronomer who was fired from his federal job for being gay and led some of the earliest gay-rights protests in the nation’s capital in the 1960s. The name and legacy have been revived by local activists Charles Francis and Pate Felts for the purpose of documenting decades of systematic anti-gay discrimination by the federal government. In partnership with pro bono attorneys from the firm of McDermott Will & Emery, the new Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C. is engaged in strategic “archive activism.” They are using the Freedom of Information Act to unearth a “culture of animus” that permeated the U.S. Civil Service Commission – now known as the Office of Personnel Management – and to bring to public light previously closed records about investigations challenging workers’ “loyalty” and “suitability.”

Civil service commission“The investigation and firing of gay and lesbian federal employees was like shooting fish in a barrel for the General Counsels and legal staff of the Civil Service Commission,” says Francis. “The animus, almost sports-like in their writings, is documented in decades of legal advisory files we discovered this year at the National Archives.”

Among the historical tidbits unearthed by the project: Nancy Reagan turning down a plea from a dying Rock Hudson for help getting into another hospital; and anti-gay activist Gary Bauer’s no-holds-barred, but ultimately unsuccessful, effort to keep the White House from including a gay person on the nation’s first AIDS commission.

The Mattachine Society’s project is about preserving the historical record, but it also has an important legal purpose, which is demonstrating that anti-equality laws and regulations have long been grounded in hostility, or animus, that is not a permissible justification for discrimination.  Chief Justice John Roberts’ dissent from the Supreme Court decision in Windsor, which overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, demonstrates the importance of this archival work. Roberts suggested there is insufficient evidence – he waved it away as “snippets of legislative history” – to demonstrate that DOMA’s purpose was to “codify malice.” Added Roberts, “I would not tar the political branches with the brush of bigotry.”

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Community Rallies Behind Ohio Lesbian Couple After Facing Discrimination From Videographer

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Bexley, Ohio couple Jenn Moffitt and Jerra Kincley found themselves shocked after local wedding business Next Door Stories, a video production business, denied them services for their upcoming wedding, according to CNN. Moffitt expressed shock and dismay at the response, especially after trying to support a local business.

Said Moffitt:

"I couldn't believe it. It is a small business, and I thought this was a tight-knit community. We wanted to support local commerce and to get that kind of response was astounding."

The couple reached out to the Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce through its Facebook page five weeks ago to file a formal complaint against the business; the couple also shared their experience on Facebook to raise awareness and garner attention from local officials. Fortunately for the couple, they mostly received positive feedback on their Facebook post with photographers offering their services and kind words from locals. Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce addressed the incident on its Facebook page, declaring that the organization does not tolerate discrimination in any form.

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 9.38.18 PMAlthough sponsors killed a proposed Ohio Religious Freedom Restoration Act last year over concerns it would open the door to discriminate against the LGBT community, Bexley, which is a suburb of Columbus, is not one of the municipalities in Ohio that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. However, the Chamber of Commerce reviewed the situation and dispersed a letter to its members saying its board is in the process of rewriting its policy to forbid applicants and current members from discriminating based on gender, gender expression, color, race, age, religion, disability, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital or military status. Belly Mayor Ben Kessler also took to his Facebook page to address the matter saying that although the community respects, includes and embraces all individuals, it does not have authority over the Commerce’s membership as it is a private entity.

Ohio is one of 13 states left that ban same-sex marriage. However, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to make a final decision on whether the state’s same-sex marriage ban is constitutional in spring that could officially lift the state’s ban.

Mat Staver: Obeying SCOTUS Marriage Equality Ruling Would Be Like Turning A Jew Over To Nazis: VIDEO


The Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver says obeying a nationwide marriage equality ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court would be the equivalent of turning a Jew over to the Nazis. 

Staver made the comments while speaking to a tea party group in Orlando last week, according to Right Wing Watch

"I know from the natural created order that God made male and female, a mom and dad, husbands and wives as the first foundation of family," he said. "And I don't care if it is a 9-0 decision, they can't change that and they won't change that. And if they come out with a decision that is contrary to God's natural created order, I personally will advocate disobedience to it ... and collectively, we cannot accept that as the rule of law.

"You also have to be ready to pay the consequences," Staver continued, "because the civil government wrath is going to be poured out on you. But as a believer, you cannot obey something that is contrary to God's law. And we would easily say, well, what would happen if the government forced you turn over a Jew in Nazi Germany? All of us would say we wouldn't do that, we wouldn't listen to that. Well, we're about ready to walk into the moment."

Interestingly, during the very same speech, Staver touted a Liberty Counsel event featuring an "ex-terrorist" who allegedly threw Jews off buildings.

Also last week, Staver called for a boycott of professional sports teams that back same-sex marriage, which he said is "the most serious assault on our family, faith and freedom that we've faced in American history.”

And referring to Supreme Court justices, Staver told OneNewsNow

"I'm warning them," he says, "and I think the rest of the country is willing to come together and warn them, that they need to come back in line with their constitutional duty, and that is to interpret the law, not create brand new law and be our social engineers."

By "the rest of the country," Staver must mean the 33 percent of Americans who still oppose same-sex marriage.  

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End-Times Rabbi: U.S. Faces God's Wrath If Supreme Court Lifts Ban On Same-Sex Marriage - VIDEO

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn

End Times preacher Jonathan Cahn (above, left) has said apocalyptic calamities are in store if the Supreme Court strikes down the remaining state bans on same-sex marriage, reports Right Wing Watch.

Cahn, a messianic rabbi who has linked LGBT rights to the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks, was talking to the editor of birther wingnut rag WorldNetDaily at the National Religious Broadcasters (NRT) convention.

He connected the possibility of a future with marriage equality throughout the U.S. with the 1973 ruling on abortion rights, saying:

“Within one month of Roe v. Wade, that Supreme Court decision with abortion, the financial realm collapsed, led to a global recession, the same year America lost its first war in modern history or ever in Vietnam.”

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Not to be outdone in the wingnut competition, wannabe HGTV stars Jason and David Benham told the NRT convention that the cure for homosexuality is baseball tickets.

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Former New England Patriots Player Craig James Says Same-Sex Marriage Is The Work Of Satan: LISTEN

Former New England Patriots player Craig James has said that sports teams urging the Supreme Court to legalize same sex marriage is the work of Satan, reports OutSports.

6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c7203bd7970b-800wiAlong with San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays, other sports franchises and 379 businesses, the Patriots have signed onto an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to provide for marriage equality.

Speaking on the "Washington Watch" radio program, hosted by Family Research Council leader Tony Perkins, James said “if I were a current player in that locker room and my livelihood depended on me being quiet or losing it because of my belief system, I worry, I wonder. So, that’s Satan working on us.”

James is no stranger to anti-gay vitriol. In 2013, he was fired from Fox Sports after a video emerged of him making anti-gay comments during an unsuccessful run for in the Texas GOP Primary for U.S. Senate.

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