Despite the fact that President Obama endorsed gay marriage and that almost three dozen congressfolk, among others, have demanded that gay nuptials be included in the Democratic Party's official platform, the White House apparently is not interested in institutionalizing equality in their agenda. So says the Washington Examiner.
"Well, party platform issues are for the party to decide," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said when asked if Obama would call for the repeal of DOMA and endorsement of pro-gay marriage language in the party platform. "That process is underway, and I refer you to the DNC on the question about the platform."
He added that "the President’s belief that DOMA ought to be repealed is well stated."
Carney refused to disclose when Obama actually completed the process of "evolving" towards support for gay marriage. "I don’t have a specific date for you," he said.
Perhaps Obama needs another push? Or, better yet, maybe Mr. Biden needs to get in front of the cameras again.
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This makes me feel gross: "Vice President Joe Biden has apologized to President Barack Obama for comments that led the president to speed up his public acknowledgement of his support for gay marriage."
Is the DNC preparing to move their party convention from Charlotte, North Carolina, after voters there approved gay marriage ban?
Some Brits are pissed after Queen Elizabeth II neglected to mention gay marriage in her law-oriented speech yesterday. "Gay rights activists were described as 'bemused' by the decision not to include the issue in the legislative program outlined Wednesday in the annual speech by Queen Elizabeth II."
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NY Archbishop Timothy Dolan has, not surprisingly, criticized President Obama for endorsing gay marriage. "President Obama’s comments today in support of the redefinition of marriage are deeply saddening," he said, apparently unaware that there are actual sad things happening in the world.
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Senator John Kerry and 16 of his colleagues have come out to oppose the deportation of the "illegal" half of binational same-sex couples. "In a letter sent to Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the senators said they were troubled that some immigration field offices 'are apparently following a blanket policy to deny green card applications for all gay spouses.'"
The always awesome (seriously) Amy Davidson on Mitt Romney's alleged bullying: "Does [Romney] count this as high jinks or a prank? It was neither; it is hard to imagine that hurt, rather than being the byproduct, was anything other than the point of the attack on Lauber. In terms of what a gay teen-ager might encounter, and what other boys might go along with at a school like Cranbrook, 1965 was different; but memory and empathy are not qualities that have only been invented since then."
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer on Obama's gay marriage announcement: "We now confront a variation of that miscegenation issue, and that has been what to call the relationship between two people of the same gender. The word ‘marriage’ has held a specific meaning for centuries as the union between a man and a woman. But it has also meant, in a broader sense, a commitment of one person to another, recognized by each of them and by society."
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is "not personally opposed to gay marriage."
Herndon Graddick, the kind, happy GLAAD president, takes on CNN for using hideous and sad anti-gay activist Tony Perkins to comment on Obama's gay marriage announcement: "Tony Perkins and others of his ilk cannot be used to exemplify those who simply oppose marriage equality. CNN is more than welcome to interview him on the issue of marriage equality, of course. His is unquestionably one of the loudest voices in the nation speaking about the issue. But when Perkins gets interviewed, a responsible journalist needs to tell the audience exactly who Perkins is speaking for."
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Harry Reid says he supports gay marriage, but would prefer if nuptials were of the heterosexual variety: "My personal belief is that marriage is between a man and a woman. But in a civil society, I believe that people should be able to marry whomever they want, and it’s no business of mine if two men or two women want to get married."
Mitt Romney has no idea how evolution works: "Romney did everything he could to keep Massachusetts from becoming the 'Las Vegas of gay marriage,' backing a constitutional ban at the state and federal levels. But he denies any inconsistency, saying when he said he was for equality, he meant in employment and housing — not marriage."
When I'm rude to my mother, which is not often because she very early on instilled a deep respect in me of women [The right would have a field day with that, no?], she tells me, "I should have named you Richard."
You know, as in Dick. It is a phrase that I suppose is a throw-back to days in which humor was more - um - nuanced.
I was thinking about that today - because, boy, do I have a Dick in my life - and then I remembered that mama always told me that had I been a girl my name would have been Lydia. Lydia Belonsky. Atrocious, right?
Not that I think "Lydia" is an unattractive name, but the combination just doesn't work and I am still stumped to this day why my mother, typically so smart, would think "Lydia Belonsky" had a ring to it. That moniker also always makes me think of Lydia Deetz, the character played by Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice, which made finding a picture for this post quite easy.
Anyway, the moral of the story is that I am wondering whether any of you readers had alternate gender names or, even better, are transitioning and deciding on a more "gender appropriate" name.
Do tell in the comments.
In what is a bit of a reversal from the typical discrimination case, 32-year old Jamie Ardigo claims that his former employer at J. Christopher Capital, J. Christopher Burch, boasted about only hiring gay men because he trusted them more than their straight counterparts. Oh, he also hired hot girls because they are, well, hot.
ABC News elaborates:
[Ardigo says he] was seated in a meeting where Burch announced the fact that he hired only gay men because they were productive, and because he trusted them. Burch said the same thing, Ardigo asserts, on other occasions: "I witnessed it in meetings with the executive management team, where he'd blatantly state the fact that he only likes to hire gay men and beautiful women."
Ardigo found this troubling on two levels, he says: As a gay man, he personally was offended. And as an HR professional "keenly aware" of the need to maintain a non-discriminatory atmosphere in the workplace, he knew that both the attitude expressed and any hiring that bore it out was contrary to federal and New York City law.
"I was highly concerned for the organization and uncomfortable myself working there," he says. "I had never worked for an organization that made decisions based on that or that made comments like that."
Ardigo claims he was fired after complaining about various incidents, including one in which a straight female employee made it know that she had a working vibrator in her purse. Burch, naturally, denies the allegations.
In case you've been missing illogical statements from the Palin brood, daughter Bristol today admonished President Obama for listening to his girls' words on gay marriage, which he credited with helping him "evolve" toward full acceptance of marriage equality.
"While it’s great to listen to your kids’ ideas, there’s also a time when dads simply need to be dads," Palin said in a blog post. "…It would’ve been helpful for him to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends parents are no doubt lovely people, that’s not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage. Or that — as great as her friends may be — we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids’ worldview.”
Pardon, Ms. Palin, but I don't believe there's any evidence suggesting kids do better in heterosexual homes. Actually, there's no proof whatsoever of that go-to right-wing argument. Nice try, though.