Friday, October 19, 2012

ACLU: 'A Victory For Love: Federal Appeals Court Declares DOMA Unconstitutional'

Source:ACLU- Edith Windsor talking about her Federal court case.

"On October 18, 2012, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA) unconstitutionally discriminates against married same-sex couples. The law had been challenged by Edith "Edie" Windsor, who sued the federal government for failing to recognize her marriage to her partner Thea Spyer, after Spyer's death in 2009. Windsor and Spyer, a couple of 44 years, were married in Canada in 2007 and were considered married by their home state of New York." 


The so-called Defense of Marriage Act (which is really just the stop gay people from marrying act) is clearly unconstitutional. And for the life of me, I can't figure out why President Bill Clinton signed this damn law in 1996, other than that the 1990s were a little different from what they are today and even the 2000s politically and culturally and President Clinton wanted to get reelected and was worried that if he vetoed this law, it would hurt him with Independents. 

I'm not a lawyer, (obviously) but DOMA is unconstitutional because it violates the 14th Amendment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. And supporters of this law would say that gays don't have a constitutional right to get married. Well, neither do straights and at least lawyers on the Christian-Right movement, already know that. 

DOMA not only violates the 14th Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause, because it creates two classes of Americans, gays and straights and says under law and according to the U.S. Government, straight people are more deserving of their constitutional rights, than gay people. Which is also clearly unconstitutional.

Slate Magazine: 'Romney Boys Can't Contain Their Obama Debate Anger'

Source:Slate Magazine- Meet The Romney Family.
Source:The Daily Press

"The exchanges weren't the only things getting heated at Tuesday night's presidential debate. Two of Mitt Romney's sons got a little hot under the collar watching their dad spar with the president.

Asked on a radio how he felt when Obama called his dad a liar, Romney's eldest son Tagg said he wanted to "rush down to the stage and take a swing at him." Tagg also took issue with the president's campaign trying "to do everything they can to turn my dad into someone he's not," which seems like a tall order considering Romney himself has a habit of shifting where he stands. 

The Romney sons' aggression didn't stop there: Tagg's brother, Josh, was seen giving the president a death stare during the debate, and that spawned a mini-meme.  Menacing maybe, but hardly enough for the Secret Service to get involved."

Not the most loving and respectful men of the presidency. The Romney Boys, they seem more like thugs working for their father. They seem to want to do what their father other than in the first presidential debate what their father couldn’t do, which is to beat up President Obama, or at least beat him somewhere. 

I mean Mitt, clearly wins the first debate and is still clearly trailing the President in the Electoral College, despite now being neck-in-neck with the President in the popular vote. Mitt, doesn’t look like a winner right now, but someone whose trying to find any place where he can win. So he’s not the Mike Dukakis of the GOP. Someone who badly loses a presidential election that he should have won.

It’s hard to hear negative facts about your father especially in a political campaign. Especially when those facts are about one’s lack of experience, knowledge, judgement, honesty, and even credibility. The Romney Sons, might know who Dad is, but the problem is their Dad won’t let the rest of the country know. Because he keeps turning into someone else depending on what office he’s running for, what year he’s running and the people he feels he needs to have supporting him. 

Mitt is Moderate Mitt in Massachusetts, he’s Religious Conservative Mitt in 2007 when he’s going for the Christian-Right in Iowa and South Carolina. And now he’s the businessman with results, even though as Governor of Massachusetts, he had a weak jobs record. And laid off a lot of people as a businessman.

Who is Mitt Romney and what do you believe in? Would be my question to him if I ever interviewed him. But I would be carrying a whole notepad of paper, or perhaps my laptop waiting for ten different answers to the same questions. As he’s telling us every different position he has on the same issue. And doing that for each issue. 

Americans are funny this way in that we like our presidential candidates to tell us who they are and what they believe with some consistency before we decide who we’re going to vote for, not after. I guess we’re just stubborn that way and don’t have much faith in coin flipping when it comes to choosing our political leaders. But we’re into finger flipping when it comes to political leaders that we don’t like. As Mitt knows all too well right now.

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