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As of now, every single state gay marriage ban is now being challenged in court

North Dakota’s same-sex marriage ban to be challenged
The nation’s last unchallenged state same-sex marriage ban is about to lose that status.
By Niraj Chokshi, Published: May 24 E-mail the writer

“There will be a case filed challenging North Dakota’s same-sex marriage ban,” says Joshua Newville, a Minneapolis-based civil rights attorney who filed a suit Thursday against South Dakota’s ban on behalf of same-sex couples there.


Newville is in talks with advocates and attorneys in North Dakota and confirmed that either he or another attorney will bring a lawsuit against that state’s ban within six to eight weeks.

Until Wednesday, just three of the 33 states that ban same-sex marriage had not been sued over those policies. But same-sex couples sued Montana that day and South Dakota on Thursday, leaving only North Dakota’s unchallenged.

The same-sex marriage movement has enjoyed a streak of more than a dozen victories in federal courts since a pivotal Supreme Court decision last summer, striking down a central part of the Defense of Marriage Act and granting federal recognition to same-sex married couples. Since then, no state ban has survived a court challenge, according to the Human Rights Campaign, which advocates for same-sex marriage.



MORE:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/north-dakotas-same-sex-marriage-ban-to-be-challenged/2014/05/24/10d10b5c-e1ef-11e3-810f-764fe508b82d_story.html

Father of CA Shooting Victim Points Directly at NRA

Father of Shooting Victim Points Directly at NRA
posted by CHARLES MUDEDE on SUN, MAY 25, 2014 at 2:18 AM
Said by a father, Richard Martinez, who lost his son, Christopher Martinez, in the UCSB shooting:

Our son Chris Martinez and six others are dead... Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. They talk about gun rights. What about Chris's right to live?





MORE:
http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2014/05/25/father-of-shooting-victim-points-directly-at-nra
http://gawker.com/father-of-ucsb-shooting-victim-when-will-this-insanit-1581191996

Republicans were willing to spend trillions of dollars on wars but not on expanding VA

A substantial portion of the estimated $ 3 trillion price of that war is represented by the cost of decent care for veterans. But even as the war raged on, the Bush administration and Republicans in Congress repeatedly refused to appropriate sufficient funding for veterans' health care. This financial stinginess toward vets was consistent with Bush's refusal to take any steps to pay for his expensive war (and decision to protect his skewed tax cuts instead).

As Alec MacGillis pointed out this week in the New Republic, legislators who voted for war while opposing expansion of the VA are hypocrites, particularly when they claim to care about veterans. So are the Republican governors who refuse to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which keeps hundreds of thousands of impoverished vets from getting health care.

Republicans regularly propose cuts in VA funding and oppose increases sponsored by Democrats -- a pattern that extends back to the first years of the Iraq and Afghan conflicts and continues to this day. ... When politicians demand accountability from their betters, including a war hero like Shinseki, let's remember that they should be held accountable, too.




http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/05/24/in_va_scandal_accountability_for_all_--_including_congress_122738.html:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/24/1301722/-Republicans-were-willing-to-spend-trillions-of-dollars-on-wars-but-not-on-expanding-VA#


Only "Male Prostitutes" Mr. Robertson?


In the new video, Robertson attempts to rationalize the national outrage his quotes caused, telling the congregation that people were upset because "instead of acknowledging their sin, like you had better do, they railed against me for giving them the truth about their sins. Don't deceive yourselves," he warns.

He continues by paraphrasing a verse from Corinthians, saying, "Neither the sexually immoral, nor the idolators, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor greedy, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God." Those words are met with applause.


Question, only male prostitutes? Is that to make up for all the other misogynistic crap ya think?

http://popwatch.ew.com/2014/05/23/duck-dynasty-phil-robertson-antigay-sermon-video/

Bill Maher: ‘The culture war is over, and we won’




“Folks, we had a televised, celebrated interracial gay kiss during the NFL draft,” Maher said, referring to the selection of Michael Sam by St. Louis. “The culture war is over, and we won. I predict in 5 years, the NFL will be completely gay.”

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He also stood up, sort of, for David and Jason Benham, whose deal to host a real estate reality show on HGTV was scrubbed after their Islamophobic and homophobic statements came to light.

“If you’re a Christian, you may condemn their homophobia, but they got it out of the same dumb book which you also revere,” Maher said. “So there’s a little bit of a mixed message going on. So maybe it would’ve worked better to not hound them from their home improvement show and then just let them try and find an interior decorator who will work with them.”


http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/05/23/bill-maher-tells-twitter-liberals-to-calm-down-the-culture-war-is-over-and-we-won/


"Democracy In Action!...

Some guy got naked outside the white house


Whitehouse @whphotos2013
White House drama! Some guy got naked outside the white house!! #drama #whitehouse #thecopsbeathim #whitehouse
11:49 AM - 23 May 2014


https://twitter.com/whphotos2013/statuses/469913045364645888
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/05/naked-dude-taken-down-white-house.html

Bernie Sanders to GOP: "If it’s too expensive to care for our veterans, don’t send them to war."

FRI MAY 23, 2014 AT 01:26 PM PDT
Bernie Sanders to GOP:
If you think it's too expensive to take care of #veterans, then don't send them to war. - Sen. Sanders on the #Senate floor
10:37 AM - 22 May 2014


https://twitter.com/SenSanders/statuses/469532424041660416

Republicans’ Attempt To Woo Women At Gubernatorial Debate Fails Miserably



The moderator invited the women to join the stage, saying, “It’s so much more ornamental if the four of you would be on the stage with the four of us.” Theme music from The Dating Game TV show played as the panelists took their seats.

http://thinkprogress.org/election/2014/05/22/3440311/gop-debate-plays-the-dating-game-to-debunk-war-on-women/
OMG

Welfare Wasn’t Welfare Back In My Day

Welfare Wasn’t Welfare Back In My Day
Posted by constitutional mistermix at 8:31 am


Ben Carson, in his book, tells how his grades improved tremendously when a government program provided him with free eyeglasses because he could barely see. Not only that, in “Gifted Hands” we read this nugget: “By the time I reached ninth grade, mother had made such strides that she received nothing but food stamps. She couldn’t have provided for us and kept up the house without that subsidy.”

Well, isn't that interesting? Ah, but you see, Carson has an excuse as to why the situation with his mother is completely different from the situations with everyone else currently on welfare:



The culture was different then, Carson insists. “I think there was a time when people were not proud of taking handouts,” he said. “There were more people who did have that drive and determination. You do what you have to do.”


He said this in front of The View co-host, Whoopi Goldberg, herself being a welfare mother. As you could probably guess, doing such a thing made the wingnutosphere go wild with joy.




MORE:
http://www.readingisforsnobs.com/2014/05/welfare-recipient-ben-carson-complains.html
http://www.balloon-juice.com/2014/05/23/welfare-wasnt-welfare-back-in-my-day/
http://www.readingisforsnobs.com/2014/05/welfare-recipient-ben-carson-complains.html
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