I mention this because Pam Bondi’s response to a lawsuit challenging Florida’s anti-equality laws doesn’t really raise any new arguments or give us anything we haven’t heard over and over (and over and over and over) again. She just wants the case thrown out.
She feels that if two men or two women marry each other in another state and Florida is forced to recognize those marriages it will “impose significant public harm” She raises the tired “Won’t someone please think of the children?” argument claiming that society “has a legitimate interest in increasing the likelihood that children will be born to and raised by the mothers and fathers who produced them in stable and enduring family units” Bondi is on her third marriage currently, so she knows all about those. She also claims that Florida will suffer financially if it is forced to pay all these pensions and benefits people have been working for.
Oh, Ellen Rosenblum, people can find some lawyers to be terrifying, and you are certainly no exception. You announced that you wouldn’t defend Oregon’s ban on marriage equality back in February, and that mere statement had members of NOM so terrified that they had to wait until 48 hours before an April hearing to file a motion to intervene in the case. Now that their big, exciting day of being able to stand in front of Judge Michael McShane has arrived, they can’t find anyone willing to testify that they have been or could be harmed by the repeal of Oregon’s anti-equality laws, citing “grave concerns about possible threats, harassment, and retaliation should they do so.” In their brief, NOM claims to be the only person or organization willing to stand up for Oregonians who feel their voting rights are being trampled on. They claim that the Attorney General’s refusal to defend the law in court has created a climate in Oregon that will result in any of these county clerks, voters, or local business owners being tarred and feathered if they stand up for the discriminatory laws or something.
…by telling the majority of the voters that they were wrong about that whole marriage equality thing. The new platform still defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman despite the fact that Maine’s voters approved same-sex marriage in 2012.
Maine Republicans Adopt New Party Platform – Portland Press Herald
Mississippi businesses that aren’t afraid of LGBT people patronizing them would like you to know that just because their legislature passed a silly law, they won’t cry religious freedom and throw you out. They even came out with a nifty decal so you can find accepting businesses while window shopping! If you’re a business owner in Mississippi who would like more information about the program, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Coalition of Miss. Businesses Want LGBT Customers to Know They’re Welcome – LGBTQNation
The good news: A judge has ordered Indiana to immediately recognize a couple’s out-of-state marriage!
The bad news: It only happened because one of them is terminally ill
Judge Grants Request to Force Indiana to Recognize Couple’s Same-Sex Marriage – Indy Star
After seeing Mark Regnerus’s study metaphorically ripped to shreds and used to line his birdcage by a Michigan judge who called it “entirely unbelievable and not worthy of serious consideration” lawyers from Utah decided to remove it from their brief in their appeal. More importantly, how could anyone with such ghastly facial hair ever be taken seriously?
Utah Gay Marriage Opponents Drop Debunked Research, Reduce Argument to Gibberish – Slate
There were numerous donors to Prop 8 campaigns from Silicon Valley. It’s just that most of them gave their money to the campaign against it.
Anti-Gay-Marriage Donations Are Rare in the Valley – Seattle Pi
To be fair, Myra Adams said Republicans alienated a lot more minorities than just LGBT people and they weren’t the ONLY cause of this (one other cause was the internet and social media phenomenon!), but she feels there’s the possibility that George W. Bush may be the last Republican president. The important part is acceptance is growing
The Advocate – Pundit: LGBT Voters May Doom GOP Presidential Candidates
You got married in another state but you and your husband live in Indiana? Congratulations! You get to file one joint federal tax return, then two dummy federal returns as single people so you can file your two individual state tax returns. Yeah. I would’ve rather gotten a blender or silk flower arrangement or something as a wedding gift from the state instead of extra paperwork too.
Indiana Gay Married Couples Could Pay More For Tax Filings
The Social Security Administration announced on Friday that it will begin offering partner benefits to same-sex couples, but BuzzFeed reports the benefits will not be applied as consistently as some other federal benefits available to same-sex couples since the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act. For now only married same-sex couples who live in a state that recognizes their marriages will be eligible to receive the Social Security spousal benefit.