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MARRIAGE EQUALITY WINS TWO MAJOR VICTORIES IN US SUPREME COURT; THE BATTLE CONTINUES ON NATIONAL LEVEL

Posted in CIVIL RIGHTS, DIANE VALENCEN OPINIONS, GLBTQ RIGHTS, MARRIAGE EQUALITY, SCOTUS with tags , on 26/06/2013 by Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.

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Love is in the air.

Ruling Expected On California's Anti-Gay Marriage Bill, Proposition 8
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I have spent the last half an hour in my office with the door closed weeping with joy. Fred Schwartz sent me a video of Representative John Lewis a man whom I both admire and adore arguing against the Defense of marriage Act on the floor of the House in 1996. Once I’d seen this the tears went from sobs to a joyful flood.

I cannot write this brief post without the details of the two decisions. In the DOMA case, United States v. Windsor there was a 5-4 decision with Justice Kennedy writing the opinion joined by Kagan, Sotomayor, Breyer and Ginsburg. In the Prop 8 case from California, the question was about the legal standing to appeal the decision of the District Court in California regarding an overturn of the Prop 8 vote which changed the California constitution. This opinion was written by Chief Justice John Roberts and was joined by Scalia, Kagan, Breyer and Ginsburg.

Reactions from both sides of this issue, both from pundits and people, to follow.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.
Editorial Page Editor
The Dis Brimstone Daily Pitchfork
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WHAT THE OREGON TEA PARTY TERRORIST BIGOTRY BUS TELLS US ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE

Posted in 2012 US ELECTION, AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, BIGOTRY, BIRTHERISM, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, COUNTER-THEOCRACY, CRETIN, FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL, FASCISM, FEARSPEAK, FRED SCHWARTZ OPINIONS, FREEDOM, FUNDAMENTALISTS ACTING BADLY, GLBTQ RIGHTS, GOP MELTDOWN, HOMOPHOBIA, HOT MESS, HOW HELL WORKS, HUMAN BEINGS, JUSTICE, KOCH BROTHERS, MITT ROMNEY, NEWSBUSTERS, OFFICE OF THE TORTURER GENERAL, PASTOR TERRY JONES, POLITICS, POOR WHITE TRASH, PRESIDENT OBAMA, RELIGIOUS RIGHT, TEA PARTY, TERRORISM, THE AMERICAN TALIBAN with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 20/09/2012 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

I’ve seen some really dumb things in my job here at The Dis Brimstone Daily Pitchfork in the past 15 years doing research and for a brief time serving as interim Editorial Page Editor. Nothing, and I do mean nothing compares to this:

Okay, put into its simplest terms anyone that would drive this thing around has some issues. There’s a lack of love in his or her life that can only be filled by fanatical religious belief. Lucky for this person they live in America where people just shake their heads or laugh rather than pulling the owner out and setting trailer on fire. That said I want to show you what love looks like as a counter point.

So conservative reader, how is your marriage suffering because these two people are in love and have committed to each other? It’s love despite what Mitt Romney says and it should be respected in marriage if they choose to commit to marriage. Ownership of the word marriage is the bunker where conservative bigotry is making its last stand against Freedom in America. Love is so clearly fundamental to everyone it seems other than fundamentalists and a few black preachers who are still scared of the gay.


In Hindsight

The Culture Wars, as I have said many times really ended in 1920 when women got the right to vote. Now no matter how many qurans Terry Jones burns, or how many rallies for the TEA Party the Koch Brothers have or how many stern letters Catholic Bishops send to the White House they have all been exposed as frauds and the people have decided that America isn’t a faux Christian nation but a secular Liberal/Progressive nation that assures even the most vile and odious right wing religous nuts have the right to freedom of speech.

Pax Terra!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.]
Managing Editor—Research
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PRESIDENT OBAMA COMES OUT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

Posted in 2012 US ELECTION, BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, COUNTER-THEOCRACY, DIANE VALENCEN OPINIONS, FEARSPEAK, FREEDOM, GLBTQ RIGHTS, JUSTICE, OCCUPY DC, OCCUPY WALL STREET, POLITICS, PRESIDENT OBAMA, RACE AND POLITICS IN AMERICA, TEA PARTY, THE MATING HABITS OF CONSERVATIVES, THEOCRACY with tags , , , , , on 11/05/2012 by Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.

In the same week that North Carolina effectively seceeded from the Union with its retrograde vote to ban marriages between homosexual couples constitutionally President Obama made public his views on same sex marriage. For the first time in US history, a President stated that he supported gay marriage. This is a watershed moment especially since it comes in an election year.

To go on television and state that everyone has a right to marriage equality is a clear and tectonic shift in a country that still to this day has a difficult time with its own character. I was made very proud that I was once an American by the President’s words. Some like Andrew Sullivan was moved to tears because his President had recognized him and the love he has for his partner as equal to anyone else. Sullivan said, in an interview with NPR’s Audie Cornish, “I watched the interview and the tears flooded. There is something about hearing your president affirm your humanity that you don’t know what effect it has until you hear it. And I think of all those gay Americans over the centuries who never heard that, never believed it could happen. And I have to say I’m immensely proud of this president for doing what he did.”

There are those who are dancing in the streets right now I am sure and will continue to dance right up to and beyond the November election. Is this equal to or greater than the Stonewall Riots that launched the gay rights movement in the 1970s? Only time will tell. But let me say this clearly to the tens of millions of TEA Party loving, religious conservative bigots who would never be swayed to vote for President Obama no matter what he did because they perceive him and his politics as either, foreign to their worldview, or the man himself because of his skin color as not qualified to protect their freedoms because of some conspiracy against them that has long eluded the MSM. This is the day that you lost. Your over 400 year reign of tyranny over those in the minority who have sought nothing more than a place at the table is at an end. Enjoy your bashing of President Barack Hussein Obama over the next five years because now he is certain to be reelected.

Not to worry conservatives you will still have Rush Limbaugh [for awhile] and his misogyny, World Net Daily’s rotating screed about birth certificates and all those nasty rumors about President Obama to keep you warm on those fearful nights as America moves forward into the 21st Century. GLBTQ people are Human Beings with the same dreams and sorrows as you and we all deserve the same basic Human Rights and one of those is the right to marry the person we love. In the end it is really that simple. To paraphrase, Bob Dylan, “You don’t need to be a Weatherman to know which way the winds blows.”

Thank you Mr President.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.
Editorial Page Editor
The Dis Brimstone Daily Pitchfork
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