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Beloved Defender of the Constitution Ron Paul Just Voted Against the Constitution Again

On May 9 of 2012, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Amendment 1096 to H.R. 5326, shortly before H.R. 5326 itself passed the House. Amendment 1096, introduced by Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, forbids the President from directing the Department of Justice to oppose the Defense of Marriage Act in court. A vote for [...]

Americans Elect Mischaracterizes Bernie Sanders on Priorities and on Same-Sex Marriage

Americans Elect doesn’t call it a ratings system or a “National Match” anymore, but the information that constituted its ratings for hundreds of possible presidential candidates is still there. That rating information is still being used to characterize presidential candidates as the initial vote to pick its presidential nominee creeps ever closer, now just 124 [...]

With Undependable Obama, Turn to Congress for DOMA Repeal

President Barack Obama’s feckless indifference to keeping his promises shows the weakness of relying upon just one person in power to make policy change happen. In the spring of 2009, Obama moved to halt repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, a law that violates equal protection and federalist clauses of the Constitution by setting [...]

5 Congressional Predictions for a Political 2010

Just for kicks, here are my five political predictions for Congress in 2010:

1. The Defense of Marriage Act will not be repealed. After telling gay and lesbian Americans to wait for the passage of health care reform for the length of 2009, 2010 arrives as an election year. So “wait ’till next year” will [...]

Andy Thayer Speaking on the Fierce Urgency of Now Outside Obama HRC Speech (Video and Transcript)

On October 10, 2009, as President Barack Obama was preparing to deliver a speech to the invited DC Beltway audience of a Human Rights Campaign gala, Andy Thayer of the Gay Liberation Network of Chicago spoke outside in Mount Vernon Square. His remarks were directed at those who have asked, “Why not be patient? Why [...]

At National Equality March, Demanding the Audacity of Action (Video)

On the eve of the National Equality March of October 11, 2009, Mark Katzenberger of San Francisco stood outside the Human Rights Campaign’s gala featuring President Barack Obama with a sign reading, “How About the Audacity of Action, Mr. President?” I approached him with some questions:

Transcript:

Mark Katzenberger: Obama, Obama, Let Mama Marry [...]

Shannon Speaks on Immigration Discrimination at the National Equality March (Video)

During the lead-up to the National Equality March on October 10, 2009, I met Shannon of Saratoga, Florida. She was standing in protest in Mt. Vernon Square outside Barack Obama’s speech to the Human Rights Campaign, particularly advocating for immigration reform.

A transcript of our conversation:

Shannon: I’m Shannon from Sarasota, Florida, here trying [...]

"I've called on Congress to repeal the so-called DOMA" — President Barack Obama

“I’ve called on Congress to repeal the so-called DOMA.”

— President Barack Obama, just now, declaring for the first time in his presidency a clear inclination to oppose the Defense of Marriage Act.

Did that Peace Prize kick President Obama out of his careful, complacent crouch?

Discuss.

Interstate Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage: It’s Constitutional. It’s Biblical.

What’s your standard for enacting laws? Is it a legal standard, in which all laws must fit within the U.S. Constitution, the supreme law of the land? Is it a Christian theocratic standard, in which all laws must be compatible with the Christian Bible? Under either standard, the recognition of same-sex marriages across state lines [...]

Interstate Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage: It's Constitutional. It's Biblical.

What’s your standard for enacting laws? Is it a legal standard, in which all laws must fit within the U.S. Constitution, the supreme law of the land? Is it a Christian theocratic standard, in which all laws must be compatible with the Christian Bible? Under either standard, the recognition of same-sex marriages across state lines [...]

LGBT Equality Caucus Members Who Don't Support DOMA Repeal

Earlier this week, Rep. Jerrold Nadler introduced H.R. 3567, the Respect for Marriage Act of 2009. This bill, if passed, would repeal the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA), a piece of legislation enacted in the 1990s revoking the presumption that same-sex marriages carried out in one state would be recognized in other states or by [...]