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Video: Extreme VA GOP Nominee for Attorney General Wishes We Had...

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For anyone who still thinks that the Virginia GOP's nominee for Attorney General, John Adams, is not an extremist, check out this video (h/t...

Federal judge strikes down VA’s ban on same-gender marriage

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Late Thursday night, 13 Feb:

A federal judge ruled the state of Virginia's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, Attorney General Mark Herring announced via his Twitter account on Thursday.

*ALERT* Equality marches forward in VA: Federal judge declares state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. Issues stay pending appeal.

https://twitter.com/AGMarkHerr...

I may be wrong about this but I think there is some kind of injunction in place that will keep the ban in place as appeals to this decision are heard.  Still, this is good news.

If you have any Republican friends, don't stand to close to them in case their heads explode!!

Quotes from the ruling below.

Goode’s Bigotry & Rationale Indicative of Far Right Beliefs in General

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Former 5th District Congressman Virgil Goode's recent bigoted comments calling Mitt Romney "the father of homosexual marriages"  in a statement released to the media before the Republican presidential nominee's visit to Liberty University over the weekend is as telling as it is unconscionable.

It is a rare moment when I feel Romney needs to be defended against his opponents. But in the face of such blatant inflammatory political rhetoric, a change of course is warranted.

First and foremost, there isn't a single shred of evidence that Romney is "the father of homosexual marriages," if such a ridiculous claim could even be objectively tested.

What is most interesting about Goode's public statement to the media is his foremost rationale for restricting the rights of marriage to heterosexual couples. Goode states that "If homosexual marriages become normal across the country...State taxpayers will have to pay for the expanded health insurance costs and State retirement costs." Essentially what Goode is saying is that fundamental human rights can be denied to individuals if the economic costs outweigh the economic benefits. Welcome to the conservative version of capitalism in the 21st Century U.S.

In a similar vein, would Goode have also argued that slaves in the U.S. should not have been freed because of the supposedly huge economic burden this would have on the U.S.? One shivers to think of his answer.  

Maggie Gallagher Meets St. Peter

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Here, in a nutshell, is a great takedown of the smug hypocrisy of the religious right---- today's know-nothings, armored in wilfull ignorance.

Appellate Court Rules to Affirm Lower Court’s Ruling (that Prop 8...

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For those who haven't already heard,
A federal appeals court on Tuesday declared California's same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional, putting the bitterly contested, voter-approved law on track for a likely appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that a lower court judge correctly interpreted the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court precedents when he declared in 2010 that Proposition 8 - a response to an earlier state court decision that legalized gay marriage - was a violation of the civil rights of gays and lesbians.

You can read more here

There is a "however" in the ruling.  Gay marriage may not resume until the deadline for sponsors of the original bill banning gay marriage to file an appeal to the full 9th Circuit panel of judges.

The ruling is also a vindication for Judge Vaughn Walker, whom Prop 8 sponsors (and right-wing pols) claimed was "biased." The claim of bias is particularly amusing and ridiculous given that to follow that logic, one would have to say that neither gay nor straight judges could stand in judgment because of the implicit bias "inherent" in their own orientation. There would be no one left to rule, which would, come to think of it, mean that we'd just have to stay the heck out of other people's lives.  

McDonnell gets a thumbs up while gay marriage gets a thumbs...

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For progressive-minded individuals in Virginia, a recent Quinnipiac University Poll came up with mixed results.

A new Virginia-wide poll found that Gov. Bob McDonnell is "highly" popular in the Commonwealth while also finding that 51% of those polled agreed with the statement that "it's time to end Virginia's ban on adoption by same-sex couples."

55% of the 1,434 registered voters polled in Virginia approved of McDonnell's performance while 26% disapproved.

52% of those polled also oppose gay marriage.

The margin of sampling error for the poll is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points, which could mean that Virginian's are split on opposing gay marriage and that less than a majority may in fact agree with the statement that it's time to end the ban on same-sex couples adoption.

If McDonnell is considering a run for higher government office (which he almost certainly is), the new poll gives him a great political and personal confidence boost.

I suppose there is an upside though, right? Ken Cuccinelli could be our governor instead (unfortunately, he may well be in the next election!).

UPDATE by Lowell: I'd say these poll numbers, including ones for Ken Cuccinelli, represent an enormous messaging FAIL for DPVA. How on earth can Ken Cuccinelli, who has been nothing but divisive, have a positive approval rating? And how can Bob McDonnell, who aside from his Big Lies, has accomplished a whole lot of nothing as governor, be so popular? In part, I'd say it's because Virginia's economy is relatively strong, no thanks to McDonnell (it's almost all the federal government, stimulus and military spending, all of which Virginia relies heavily on for its economy). But in part, it's the utter failure to lay down a strong, convincing, powerful narrative about McDonnell, starting on Day #1 of his governorship, and pound away at that day in/day out. Again, that's the responsibility of DPVA, and they simply haven't done it for whatever reason. FAIL!!!

Ted Olson: Gay Marriage is a “conservative value”

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First, here's Ted Olson to Chris Wallace, rebutting the assertion that however many millions of voters should be able to deprive U.S. citizens of their constitutional rights.
Well, would you like your right to free speech? Would you like Fox's right to free press put up to a vote and say well, if five states approved it, let's wait till the other 45 states do? These are fundament constitutional rights. The Bill of Rights guarantees Fox News and you, Chris Wallace, the right to speak.
And remember, Ted Olson was U.S. Solicitor General under President George W. Bush, after helping make Bush president in the Bush v Gore Supreme Court case.  The point is, this guy is a rock-ribbed conservative Republican through and through, yet he believes that "a conservative value is stable relationships and stable community and loving individuals coming together and forming a basis that is a building block of our society, which includes marriage."

Case closed.

Bob McDonnell’s Mentor on the Prop 8 Ruling

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Does Pat Robertson's Manchurian candidate governor (aka, "Bob McDonnell") agree or disagree with his mentor (aka, "Pat Robertson") on this? Maybe NLS can ask him while he's surveying the General Assembly on whether or not they support gay marriage. Heh.

Gay Marriage Ban Overturned

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Excellent news!
A person close to the case says a federal judge has overturned California's same-sex marriage ban in a landmark case that could eventually land before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker made his ruling Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by two gay couples who claimed the voter-approved ban violated their civil rights.

The only problem is,  what are the chances that the Supreme Court of Roberts, Scalia, Alito, and Thomas will uphold this ruling?  Also, how long will it be until Cooch files an amicus brief or whatever on behalf of the homophobes? I mean, he's already got so many lawsuits going, what's another one? Heh.

UPDATE: The decision says, "Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California constitution the notion that opposite sex couples are superior to same sex couples."