Barrett Won’t Say If Rulings Decriminalizing Gay Sex, Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Were Rightly Decided

Barrett Won’t Say If Rulings Decriminalizing Gay Sex, Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Were Rightly Decided

The Washington Post reports:

Barrett said Wednesday that she believed two Supreme Court decisions outlawing racial discrimination were correctly decided but declined to say the same for other landmark opinions involving gay rights and access to contraceptives. Those responses came under questioning from Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who asked her whether Brown v. Board of Education, which outlawed the “separate but equal” doctrine, and Loving v. Virginia, which legalized interracial marriage, were correctly decided.

Then Blumenthal pressed Barrett on Griswold v. Connecticut, which allowed married couples to use birth control, as well as Lawrence v. Texas, which invalidated sodomy laws, and Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage. “Again, I’ve said throughout the hearing, I can’t grade precedent,” Barrett said. “I can’t give a yes or a no, and my declining to give an answer doesn’t suggest disagreement or an agreement.”

More at the link above. Hugs

Barrett confirmation hearing day three: Barrett declines to say whether it’s wrong to separate migrant children from parents

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/10/14/amy-coney-barrett-confirmation-hearing-live-updates/

In her testimony, the conservative jurist declined to share her legal views on abortion rights, voting rights and the Affordable Care Act, seeking to separate her academic writings from how she might rule if confirmed.

She also declined to say whether she thought it was wrong to separate migrant children from their parents to deter immigration to the United States. “That’s a matter of hot political debate in which I can’t express a view or be drawn into as a judge,” Barrett said in response to a question from Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).

Barrett said Wednesday that she believed two Supreme Court decisions outlawing racial discrimination were correctly decided but declined to say the same for other landmark opinions involving gay rights and access to contraceptives.

Those responses came under questioning from Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who asked her whether Brown v. Board of Education, which outlawed the “separate but equal” doctrine, and Loving v. Virginia, which legalized interracial marriage, were correctly decided.

Brown, in 1954, was “correctly decided, yes, I’ve said that,” Barrett said. As for Loving, that 1967 decision “follows directly from Brown, and Brown was correctly decided. Loving, as well.”

Then Blumenthal pressed Barrett on Griswold v. Connecticut, which allowed married couples to use birth control, as well as Lawrence v. Texas, which invalidated sodomy laws, and Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage.

“Again, I’ve said throughout the hearing, I can’t grade precedent,” Barrett said. “I can’t give a yes or a no, and my declining to give an answer doesn’t suggest disagreement or an agreement.”

She added: “You’re pushing me to try to violate the judicial canon of ethics … and I won’t do that.”

Blumenthal appeared frustrated at Barrett’s non-answers, noting that her predecessors, including Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., were able to say in their confirmation hearings that Griswold was correctly decided.

But as Blumenthal painted a portrait of America where people could face discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation, Barrett pushed back.

“To suggest that’s the kind of America that I want to create” is not based on any facts in her record, Barrett said.

There is no doubt if she could give her opinion on a race issue decided by the court, she could have given her opinion on same gender marriage issues the court ruled on.    But she wouldn’t.   It has become clear she is going to decide cases not on the law but on her religious biases.   She belongs to a cult that wants the US returned to the 1850’s as far as minority rights are concerned.    She has made it clear her religion is paramount in her views, and she has said she can not and shouldn’t separate her faith from her decisions.    She belongs to a cult that feels some people have the right to tell other people how to live and what to do including personal choices in life.  The higher levels of the cult assigns people to tell their adult charges what do to.   WTF.   She is clearly OK with telling consensual adults what sex they can have or not have.   She is OK with denying two same gender people the right to have consensual sexual relationships, she would vote to make it illegal.  She like the entire Republican party is a journey backward, to the past, regressive and restrictive.   Hugs  

30 wonderful adventurous years

Today marks the full 30th year Ron and I have been committed to each other as a couple.   After meeting in  August and spending a lot of time together, ( I had 45 days of vacation I was required to use )  Ron asked me to be with him, to join our lives.   I was very much in agreement.   On October 12th 1990 Ron and I pledged our love and our commitment to each other.   This was long before same sex marriage was allowed, and in my job there was open discrimination against gay people.  Ron was unable to get any real employment in our area other than part time temp work doing accounting despite a degree in finance  because he fought the town council in the largest town in our area to open and keep running a bar / dance club for LGBTQ+ people.   After we met I took Ron out of the bar because he had bad lungs and a breathing problem and during this time smoking was still allowed in bars.   I was making more than enough money for both of us and I did not care if he worked at all.  He took great care of me and I was eating better than I had in a lifetime.   The people at my job were incensed telling me I was being taken advantage of and how he should be out working, but they got offended when I pointed out that those saying these things their wives were not working.  

Our lives were full and we had ups and downs, great times and struggles.   In January of 2015 the State of Florida gave up fighting and accepted legalised same sex marriage.   Ron and I wanted the legal version of our long time commitment for the legal protections and many state and government protections / tax breaks.  But we also wanted to try to keep it in some way a memory of our original commitment which means so much to us both.  So on January 12th  2015 Ron and I were married in the Lee County Clerks offices.   We did not have time to prepare much but the people there in that office were terrific.   I have posted and written about how wonderful they were.   

We arrived with James, our son, and I was prepared to face bigotry and anger.   We had come in a couple days earlier and filled out the paperwork.  The county offered a secular marriage for opposite gender couples for a small fee and we had selected that option on our papers.   Remember this was the time when Kim Davis was still a hero for denying a same sex couple the paperwork for their marriage that they were clearly due.  We are in the South Western part of Florida which is not like the liberaal blue Eastern Southern Florida we came from.   

We got there right at the opening of the office, wanting this official marriage for what we have spent our life doing anyway, but needing the legal protections as I had lost my job and Ron’s employer was refusing to add me to his insurance even though they did unmarried opposite couples.  Our being married would force them to allow me on his insurance which we really needed.  We had also both watched religious Christian doctors ignore same sex couples wishes and exclude the same sex partners of patients from  information, denying them any rights of family and claiming they were only friends legally.  

These are all things the Obama administration addressed and made illegal that tRump has rolled back and made legal again.   

As we finished everything we needed to do I noticed there were three people standing behind the clerk, who was clearly nervous and strangely bubbly.   She said could we give her a minute and she turned to huddle with the three people behind her.   I was get prepared to have what should have been a joyous moment turned into a bitter fight.   The lady came back with one of the women she had been talking to.  She explained that this was her boss the elected official in charge.  My heart was sinking, I could tell Ron was also preparing for a problem.   Then the lady asked if she could conduct our marriage, we were to be the first in the county, and how everyone had asked to do but she was the boss, and even though it was not normal but was it OK if everyone in the office who was able could come into the room with us.   They simply wanted to be part of this moment.  

Ron and I got giddy, and of course it was OK.

I forget the deal that was the package to get married there , I think it was like 10 minutes ceremony and 15 pictures.   45 Minutes later we were still having office people coming in and getting pictures with us.   They took over 40 photos and gave them to us.  Seems we were the first  same sex couple in the county to be married and it seemed a lot of people wanted to be involved.   I was stunned that they were not only so accepting but really wanted to be involved in the first same sex marriages.  The entire office had redecorated the marriage room at their own expense because the county had not given them the money in the budget.  I admit it was an uplifting and enlightening experience.  

Now the joy of that moment is undiminished, but the Republicans in the state have never stopped trying to assault our same gender marriage.  The Republicans nationwide have endorsed the religious leaders who claim we are evil and destroying the nation, causing all the destruction of natural forces across the land ( and boy do I wish I was that powerful ) , that we are preying on their children and destroying their rights as they do everything possible to take away our equality in society.  The Republican  senate is right now forcing through a SCOTUS nominee who is sure gays are an abomination to her god by her religious doctrines and she is on record saying that LGBTQ+ people have no equal rights and our marriages are unconstitutional.  She not only wants to take away LGBTQ+ rights but also the rights of females to control their own bodies and reproductive organs.   She also wants to create laws that force all of us to live by the doctrines of her religion.  She has written the goal of becoming a lawyer is to force the coming of the kingdom of god.   

Simply put in 2015 Ron and I were finally able after 25 years of being in a loving great and grand relationship to enjoy the same rights and benefits that different gender couples have been getting.   These Republican religious people hate that we get the same rights they do.  They do not care about our relationship, our love, that our feelings are the same as theirs.    They simply care that we do not get equal treatment to them, that we are not treated as they are, that we do not get the same respect for our loving marriages that they do theirs.  They seem so insecure in their relationships they want to deny ours.  That is their real objection to same gender marriage, it makes our love equal to theirs.   It says far more about them than it does us.   BTW they said if us gays and lesbians were able to legally get married it would destroy marriage, even cause straight people not to get married.  How has that worked out?  Has straight marriages stopped?   Again says more about them than us.   Oh well, it has been an interesting 30 years.     I am looking forward to the 31st and beyond.    Hugs

 

Brian Brown: Send Money, We Can Overturn Obergefell

Brian Brown: Send Money, We Can Overturn Obergefell

Via email from hate group leader Brian Brown:

Conservatives Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh both strongly believe that the constitution should be interpreted as written and, thus, should be reliable votes against the imposition of same-sex marriage. Chief Justice John Roberts strongly objected to the majority ruling in Obergefell. And Judge Amy Coney Barrett has a long record of personal support for traditional marriage and has been sharply critical of Supreme Court rulings that articulate so-called “rights” that are found nowhere in the text of the Constitution.

It takes five justices on the Supreme Court to form a majority. So how does the speculation look now on reversing Obergefell? Thomas + Alito + Gorsuch + Kavanaugh = 4. Barrett would = 5, a majority. Chief Justice Roberts can be fickle so we can’t count on him being the deciding vote. But with Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court, her deciding vote to restore marriage could well be enough to persuade Roberts to stick with his original opinion and overturn Obergefell as well.

You can see how critical it is that Judge Amy Coney Barrett be confirmed to the Supreme Court. The next three weeks are crucial in that regard. That’s why we are asking every NOM supporter to make a financial contribution right away so that we can do everything in our power to help secure her confirmation. Every donation will be 100% matched up to a total match of $10,000. Please give generously.

For this guy, Brian Brown, I can not tell if he is a true believer or just a grifter realizing he can get uninformed or religiously indoctrinated people to send him lots of money over this issue.  The reason I say this is because he has spent his adult career begging for money to stop same sex marriage and then to over turn it.  Everything he puts out includes a beg for money.  Unlike Scott Lively who really is a true believer hater of gays.   I do not know if Lively was molested as a kid but he is venomous and wants gays killed.   Brown just seems to want his nice large salary to continue even though he has failed at everything he has tried to promote.   What do you think?   Hugs

Brian Brown On SCOTUS: This Is Our Chance To Ensure That LGBT Rights Will “No Longer See The Light Of Day”

I feel so loved.   I have long wondered what happened in this man’s life that he hates gay people so much.   Some have said he is just using it to grift, to get money from people.   But I think it is more than that.   He has gone to other countries to try to get laws enacted against gay people, he really does hate LGBTQ+ people.   

Brian Brown On SCOTUS: This Is Our Chance To Ensure That LGBT Rights Will “No Longer See The Light Of Day”

Via email from hate group leader Brian Brown:

It is absolutely imperative that we mount an unprecedented effort to ensure that this justice is confirmed without delay.

I’m asking you to make a sacrificial financial gift to NOM right now so that we can immediately deploy a comprehensive pressure campaign aimed at holding Republican Senate votes to confirm President Trump’s pick to the Supreme Court.

This is a moment that could pay decades of dividends for all the issues we care about. We’ve never had a bigger opportunity to advance our cause. Will you be with us at this historic moment?

The left has gone absolutely berserk at the prospect of President Trump naming another justice to the Supreme Court. They are threatening the country with total chaos, including violence. Already they’ve gathered their allies with Antifa to harangue GOP Senators at home. They’ve threatened arson attacks on Congress.

This is the Supreme Court nomination that could finally bring us a reversal of Roe v Wade and usher in a pro-life majority on the Court. It could also pave the way for the restoration of marriage to our laws and scrapping the illegitimate, anti-constitutional imposition of same-sex ‘marriage’ on the nation.

It will mean that religious liberty will be restored to its rightful place as a foundational constitutional right, and that the fake “rights” that are constantly demanded by the left – including special rules for homosexuals and the so-called transgendered – will no longer see the light of day.

You can be certain that LGBT extremists will be doing everything in their power to block this confirmation. It’s imperative that we be on the front lines fighting for control of the Supreme Court by demanding that Republicans support President Trump’s nominee.

History is counting on us at this critical moment. I pray with all I have that you will help make this moment the point in time where the direction of our nation was forever changed back to the “one nation under God” that has been so blessed throughout our country’s existence.

Please donate generously. I pray that every NOM supporter will discuss with their spouse and family what financial sacrifice they can make to help ensure that we meet this momentous moment in time. It’s that important.

Pompeo To Keynote Event For Anti-LGBTQ Hate Group

Pompeo To Keynote Event For Anti-LGBTQ Hate Group

Pompeo is speaking on the invitation of FPPC president John Stemberger, who once famously said that it was “worth dying” to stop same-sex marriage. Earlier this month Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed one of Stemberger’s proteges to the Florida Supreme Court. His group is separate from the Florida Family Association, which is best known here for flying anti-gay banners over Disney World during the annual Gay Days events.

More at the link above.   Worth dying to stop same sex marriage says the guy who it doesn’t effect at all and whose marriage no one threatens.   White Christian Privilege on parade.   Hugs