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Pat Robertson 'Disgusted' By Courts Attacking Christians: VIDEO

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On Monday the Seventh Circuit Court ruled that Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Elmbrook School District could not hold its graduation ceremonies at an evangelical Christian church. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy justified the ruling by stating that while adults are free to leave the room in social settings when they encounter disagreeable speech, students at a graduation are a captive audience and that holding a public school graduation at a church violates the Constitution. The school district appealed and the Supreme Court ultimately declined to hear the appeal.

Cue Pat Robertson and his entitled, crazy indignation that somehow links it all to homosexuality because of course he does. Said Robertson:

The American people wouldn’t have voted in homosexuality, but the courts did; the American people wouldn’t have voted in same-sex marriage, but the courts did; the American people wouldn’t have given up on the Ten Commandments and prayer in schools, but the courts insisted on it. A few unelected judges, just a few, have distorted the history of our nation to give us something that we never intended to have, and something has got to be done about it.

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Thursday Speed Read: Pennsylvania, Orrin Hatch, Luxembourg, NOM, Scott Walker, Wisconsin

BY LISA KEEN / Keen News Service

PENNSYLVANIA IS SAFE AS NUMBER 19: Gaffney

A federal judge in Pennsylvania denied a petition Tuesday from a county clerk who asked to serve as intervenor in an appeal to defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. The register of wills for Schuylkill County petitioned U.S. District Court Judge John Jones III after Republican Governor Tom Corbett said he would not appeal Jones’ May 20 decision in Whitewood v. Wolf, declaring the state ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. In his June 18 order, Jones said, “If the highest elected official in the Commonwealth chooses to abide by our decision, it defies credulity that we would permit a single citizen to stand in for him to perfect an appeal.”

HatchEXECUTIVE WRESTLING:

Just as President Obama’s staff is putting together an executive order to prohibit discrimination by federal contractors, U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) posted a statement Tuesday on his senate website saying he thinks the order should include “the same religious protections that are included” in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that passed the Senate. That would not go over well with a growing number of LGBT activists and groups who are adamantly opposed to the religious exemptions in the current version of ENDA.

LuxembourgLUXEMBOURG MAKES 18:

The Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies voted Wednesday to allow same-sex couples to marry. The vote came after two efforts to block the bill through a citizens’ petition failed to garner the 4,500 signatures necessary, according to Luxembourg Wort newspaper.  Seventeen other countries have marriage equality laws: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Uruguay, England, and Wales. Scotland’s new law goes into effect later this year.

NOM-logoNOM RALLIES IN WASHINGTON:

Two former, failed, and potential Republican presidential candidates, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, are among the speakers slated for a rally against same-sex couples today in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage. A lot of rancor has been focused on another prominent keynoter: San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. State and local officials in California implored Cordileone to withdraw his participation, as did a number of LGBT groups; but he said he does not consider the event to be anti-gay in nature.

WalkerWISCONSIN GOVERNOR IN HOT SEAT:

Wisconsin’s Republican Governor Scott Walker is in the hot seat over his refusal to state a position on same-sex marriage. In an editorial Tuesday, the Capital Times newspaper in Madison took him to task: "Here's a politician that used the gay marriage card with reckless abandon during his many election campaigns…. He constantly attacked proposals that would allow a couple other than a man and a woman to marry and was one of the key supporters of the amendment that wrote discrimination against gays into the state's constitution back in 2006…. Now, he says it doesn't make any difference what he believes. We beg to differ.”

BaldwinBALDWIN, OTHERS URGE DOJ HELP:

Openly gay Senator Tammy Baldwin and Rep. Mark Pocan from Wisconsin sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Monday, asking that the federal government recognize the marriages of same-sex couples in Wisconsin even though the state —at the moment— will not. Wisconsin’s Republican attorney general argues that the marriages are not valid because they took place before federal Judge Barbara Crabb’s issued an injunction against enforcement of the ban. Although she declared the ban unconstitutional on June 6, Crabb did not issue her injunction until June 13, the same day she issued a stay of her decision and the injunction.  

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Monday Speed Read: Darrin Gayles, Barbara Crabb, Wisconsin, AMA, Rick Perry, Chris Christie

BY LISA KEEN / Keen News Service

TEST VOTE TODAY ON NOMINATION: Gayles

The U.S. Senate will hold a vote today on whether to proceed with consideration of Darrin Gayles, President Obama’s nominee to a U.S. district court seat in Miami. If the Senate votes to proceed, then it will vote Tuesday morning on whether to confirm. If confirmed, Gayles will be the first African American openly gay man named to the federal bench.

WISCONSIN RULING STAYED: Crabb

U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb issued an order Friday, saying she “cannot ignore” the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to stay a challenge to a same-sex marriage ban in Utah, and so she must grant a stay of her own decision in a similar case in Wisconsin. In the 13-page order, Crabb also set out the specifics of what her ruling requires, if and when it does go into effect: that Wisconsin county clerks cannot deny a marriage license to a couple because both applicants are the same sex. But she denied plaintiff couples’ request to stipulate that, on the birth certificates of children born to married same-sex couples, the names of both parents be listed. Crabb said that issue would have to be resolved in “another forum.”

Wisconsin555 COUPLES ALREADY MARRIED:

The Associated Press reported that, as of last Thursday, 555 same-sex couples had gotten married in Wisconsin, following federal Judge Barbara Crabb’s June 6 ruling that the state ban on same-sex couples marrying is unconstitutional.

AMA SUPPORTS BIRTH CERTIFICATE POLICY:

AmaThe American Medical Association announced this month that the annual meeting of its House of Delegates adopted a policy opposing the requirement that a person certify he or she has undergone surgical gender reassignment in order to obtain “clinically appropriate” birth certificates. The policy approved June 9 supports allowing for a change in sex designation “based upon verification by a physician that the individual has undergone gender transition according to applicable medical standards of care.” Currently, only California, Vermont, and Washington state allow corrections to birth certificates without certification of surgery. The final resolution has not yet been posted by the AMA but its initial report can be read here.

Rick_perryGOVERNOR PERRY ON BEING BORN THIS WAY:

At a public affairs forum in San Francisco last Wednesday night, Texas Governor Rick Perry was asked a question from an audience member who wanted to know, “Do you think homosexuals can be cured by prayer or counseling?” Perry looked genuinely stumped, saying, “I don’t know. I don’t. I’m not a psychiatrist or doctor….” “Is it a disorder?” asked the forum moderator. “Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that,” said Perry. “…I may have the genetic coding that I'm inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way."

ChristieCHRISTIE DISAGREES WITH PERRY’S ANALOGY:

New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie was in San Francisco two days after Texas Governor Rick Perry compared being gay to alcoholism and reporters asked whether he agreed with Perry’s remarks. “I will just say that I disagree them,” said Christie, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, “and I don’t believe that is an apt analogy and not one that should be made –because I think it is wrong. But you know, every governor or official needs to speak for themselves on these issues. I just spoke for myself.” Christie was in town campaigning on behalf of California’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari.

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Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) Reacts After Gay Marriage Ruling: 'The Wisconsin I Know Deserves Better'

Wisconsin's Attorney General JB Van Hollen and Senator Tammy Baldwin released statements following yesterday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb which put gay marriages on hold in the state.

BaldwinSaid Van Hollen:

“I am very pleased that Judge Crabb has followed the lead of courts across the country, including the United States Supreme Court, and fully stayed her ruling. By staying this ruling, she has confirmed that Wisconsin’s law regarding same-sex marriage remains in full force and effect. The state and all of its agencies and subdivisions must follow and enforce Wisconsin’s marriage law.  County clerks do not have authority under Wisconsin law to issue same-sex marriage licenses.  Judge Crabb’s stay makes this abundantly clear."

Said Baldwin:

“I believe that we owe it to the next generation to give them a Wisconsin that is more equal, not less equal. The Wisconsin I know deserves better than a Governor defending discrimination and an Attorney General prosecuting progress. Wisconsin should be a place where every family’s love and commitment can be recognized and respected under the law. It is time for Governor Walker and Attorney General Van Hollen to stop standing in the way of freedom, fairness and equality for all Wisconsinites. Love is love, family is family, and discriminating against anyone’s love, against anyone’s family, is just plain wrong.”


Federal Judge in Wisconsin Stays Week-Old Ruling Striking Down Gay Marriage Ban Pending Appeal

A federal judge in Wisconsin last night issued a final ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban, then immediately put that ruling on hold, effectively stopping the state's counties from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while the case is appealed to the Circuit Court, the Journal Sentinel reports:

CrabbThe 14-page order from U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb in Madison halted the same-sex weddings taking place in most of the state and set up an appeal by the state to the federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. The judge gave no indication whether the hundreds of same-sex marriages already performed will hold up in court.

She said that if left to her own judgment, she would not have stayed her order and would have allowed same-sex marriages to go forward. But she said she felt compelled to halt them because of how the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts have acted in similar cases.

Wrote Crabb in the order:

"After seeing the expressions of joy on the faces of so many newly wedded couples featured in media reports, I find it difficult to impose a stay on the event that is responsible for eliciting that emotion, even if the stay is only temporary. Same-sex couples have waited many years to receive equal treatment under the law, so it is understandable that they do not want to wait any longer. However, a federal district court is required to follow the guidance provided by the Supreme Court."

Read the order HERE.


Friday Speed Read: Wisconsin, Hillary Clinton, Lauren Scott, Jack Phillips

BY LISA KEEN / Keen News Service

CrabbWISCONSIN HEARING TODAY:

U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb will hold a hearing this afternoon to determine how to word her final injunction against Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex couples marrying. Crabb could issue a stay on her decision, as could the Seventh Circuit federal appeals court. Currently, clerks in about half of Wisconsin’s counties are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

GrossNPR HOST SUGGESTS CLINTON DECEPTIVE:

National Public Radio host Terry Gross tried to get presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to admit she waited until the public supported same-sex marriage before acknowledging that she supports it, too. In the interview, aired Thursday on Gross’ Fresh Air, Gross said “a lot of people still oppose gay rights” and asked whether Clinton was influenced by that opposition to delay her own public support for marriage equality. “I think you’re trying to say that I used to be opposed and now I am in favor and that I did it for political reasons,” said Clinton. “That’s just flat wrong.” “No,” said Gross, “I was saying that you maybe really … believed in gay marriage all along but felt for political reasons America wasn’t ready yet and you couldn’t say it.” “No, that’s not true,” said Clinton. “I did not grow up even imagining gay marriage and I don’t think you did either. This was an incredible new and important idea that people on the front lines of the gay rights movement began to talk about and slowly but surely convinced others about the rightness of that position. When I was ready to say what I said, I said it.”

RADICAL AND SNEAKY, TOO? NPR’s

Terry Gross also said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did what many might consider a “radical” thing when she included mention of transgendered people in a speech about respecting human rights. Gross questioned Clinton’s decision to add gender identity to the State Department employment policy and to make it “easier for Americans to change their sex on their passport.” “Did you have to sneak that in?” asked Gross. “I have a feeling that if a lot of people had known that, you would have gotten a lot of pushback for that.” “I don’t think it was any big secret,” said Clinton. “I think it was part of the overall efforts to try to treat people with dignity and equality.”

ScottTRANS REPUBLICAN WINS NEVADA PRIMARY:

Here’s something genuinely radical: a transgender candidate won a Republican primary for a Nevada assembly seat Tuesday. Lauren Scott, who was a Democrat until three years ago, won 58 percent of the vote over one other candidate for the nomination to represent the district that includes parts of Reno and Sparks. Republican Governor Brian Sandoval endorsed Scott in the June 10 primary. She’ll now run against incumbent Democrat Michael Sprinkle. This was Scott’s second run for the seat. She is a business consultant, a veteran of the Air Force, a lobbyist for Equality Nevada, and a member of the state Equal Rights Commission. If she wins the seat, she will become the first openly transgender person to serve in a state legislature.

PhillipsBAKER LOSES ROUND TWO:

A bakery in Lakewood, Colorado lost its second round in an effort to refuse service same-sex couples by claiming the owner’s religious beliefs prevent him from selling them a wedding cake. The Colorado Commission on Civil Rights May 30 upheld the decision of an administrative law judge who ruled Jack Phillips violated the state law against discrimination in public accommodations when he refused to sell a same-sex couple a cake for their wedding celebration in 2012.

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