Video: Matt Baume Breaks Down The Anti-Gay Marriage Lies

Matt Baume does an excellent job of breaking down just about every lie and untruth anti-gay Tony Perkins has put out to the public in this short video.

Perkins is about to distribute a DVD to hundreds of church (for the low, low price of just $20) that primes the hate factor against same-sex marriage just in time for the oral arguments at SCOTUS next week.

With just the tiniest bit of snark, Matt breaks down all the homophobia and untruths for you. Hit play and see all the “arguments” disintegrate.

Must see.

Pat Robertson Tells Parent To Skip Gay Child’s Wedding

A viewer wrote in to Pat Robertson of The 700 Club today asking if they should skip their child’s same-sex wedding…?

Robertson was quite clear in his advice.

“Shari” writes in:

My spouse and I are not in agreement as to whether or not we should attend the gay marriage of our child. One of us feels that it is totally against the Lord’s pan and our attendance would send (at very least) a mixed message, or at worse it would be like taking a stand for gay marriage. The other feels our attendance would show support to our child that is necessary for the future of our relationship and witness. What do you think we should do? Should one attend, while the other does not?

“You don’t agree with it. You’ve got to stand there and be a witness to it,” Robertson said. “By your attendance at the ceremony, you are agreeing with it … I just wouldn’t go. I would tell your child, ‘I love you but I cannot condone this. We will always love you but I don’t condone this activity.’”

Robertson also advised that neither parent should attend as it might send a signal that the gay marriage was “splitting” the parent’s marriage.


Texas: Travis County Judge Rules Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

For the second time a Texas judge has ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

From the Austin American-Statesman:

Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman ruled as part of an estate fight in which Austin resident Sonemaly Phrasavath sought to have her eight-year relationship to Stella Powell deemed to have been a common-law marriage. Powell died last summer of colon cancer.

Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said she will be conferring with Herman and county lawyers to determine the impact of the ruling.

“I am scrambling, trying to find out if there is anything I can do. Right now, I think it’s no, but we are checking,” said DeBeauvoir, who in the past has said that she is ready to begin distributing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as soon as allowed by the courts.

The lawyer for the siblings who opposed Phrasavath’s claim said no decision has been made on whether to appeal.

Attorney General Ken Paxton declined an offer to be party to the case and thus is not in a position to appeal.

Herman’s ruling came after an hourlong hearing in the Travis County Courthouse. Phrasavath challenged the constitutionality of the prohibition on gay marriage as a first step toward establishing her relationship as a common-law marriage.

Phrasavath and Powell began living together in Austin shortly after Phrasavath proposed in 2007, leading to a marriage ceremony that, though not recognized under Texas law, was performed one year later by a Zen priest in Driftwood southwest of Austin.

Texas’ marriage ban was previously struck down by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia. The ruling was stayed until the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals could weigh in on the subject as it is considering a similar challenge to the ban.

Op-Ed Of The Day: Historic day gives Alabamians opportunity to show civility and respect to all

The editorial board of AL.com urges “civility and respect to all” as marriage equality comes to Alabama tomorrow:

History is often not kind to the state of Alabama when it judges our performance on the national stage. On Monday, we all have the chance to get one right.

The history of Feb. 9, 2015, in Alabama has yet to be written, but this we know: on this day, same-sex marriage becomes legal in Alabama.

Same-sex couples, no doubt, will arrive at courthouses statewide to apply for marriage licenses. It will be a day of celebration for some, a disappointing, even fearful day for others.

We have said, clearly, that we believe equality to be among the unalienable rights afforded all Americans by our Constitution. Such rights are inviolate and not subject to contrary law in state government.

That Alabama’s legal framework denied marriage to gay citizens denies their equality, and that could not stand.

[snip]

Monday will also be a day to show patience. This process is new for all involved and employees in counties throughout the state are being asked to do things they’ve not done before. There will be bumps in the road and mistakes will be made. How we handle those mistakes will be what ultimately ensures fairness for all.

It is unreasonable to ask people to turn their back on deeply-held beliefs regarding marriage. This does not give us an excuse, however, to abandon other deeply-held convictions regarding how we treat our neighbors.

Sen. Jeff Sessions Enthusiastically Endorsed Judge Who Struck Down Marriage Ban

With great sense of irony, we take a trip in the Way Back machine to 2002, where anti-gay Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), enthusiastically endorsed the nomination of Judge Granade who last Friday overturned his state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

“I thank the Senator from Nevada for his courtesy. I will speak about Callie–known as Ginny–Granade, who will be voted on shortly for the U.S. district judgeship for the southern district of Alabama. Ginny Granade is a nominee of the highest order. President Bush has nominated her to be the judge in the southern district of Alabama. She has the temperament, integrity, legal knowledge, and experience that will make her an outstanding jurist on the Federal bench. I know this from firsthand experience. Ginny is levelheaded, fair minded, trustworthy, and very smart.

“I suggest in the filling of this vacancy with Ginny Granade as a Federal judge, we are going to have done a good day’s work. Her experience and practice make me confident that the lawyers and the litigants in the Southern District of Alabama will enjoy and appreciate their opportunity to be in the courtroom she will control and preside over.”

Just delicious…

(via JMG)

Alabama Probate Judges Association Pushes Back On Marriage Equality Ruling

Legal advisers for the Alabama Probate Judges Association say Friday’s ruling that struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban only applies to the two plaintiffs, not the whole state.

Via Birmingham’s ABC affiliate reports:

The Alabama Probate Judges Association says Friday’s ruling does not open the door for the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses.

Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand are the only plaintiffs in the case that was filed against Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange. The Alabama Probate Judges Association says that is a key point in the effect that this ruling has on the duties of probate judges.

“Judge Granade’s ruling in this case only applies to the parties in the case and has no effect on anybody that is not a named party. The probate judges were not parties in this matter,” Al Agricola, attorney for the Alabama Probate Judges Association, explained. “The legal effect of this decision is to allow one person in one same-sex marriage that was performed in another state to adopt their partner’s child. There is nothing in the judge’s order that requires probate judges in Alabama to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.”

Folks tried this tactic in Florida last month and the judge there came back with a stinging clarification.

The judgment enforcing the court’s decision is actually quite clear. The ban is unconstitutional and the Attorney General is ordered to not enforce those laws. Read the judgement below:

“ALA. CONST. ART. I, § 36.03 (2006) and ALA. CODE 1975 § 30-1-19 are hereby DECLARED to be unconstitutional because they violate they Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The defendant Luther Strange, in his capacity as Attorney General for the State of Alabama, is hereby ENJOINED from enforcing those laws.”

Here’s the local news report from WBMA: