Flashback: When Democrats Swore They Would Never Back Gay Marriage

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Jon Allen follows HuffPost’s intriguing advocacy journalism by quoting the few Democrats who haven’t endorsed gay marriage yet. (HuffPost’s been straight-up shaming them, naming the senators who have yet to flip and explaining that “the arc of history is moving in the direction of marriage equality.) He finds only two senators up in 2014 who refuse to endorse same-sex marriage. That’s incredible. It was also predicted by conservatives nearly 10 years ago.

Above, you’ll find a short video composed of the floor speeches some top Democrats made about SSM. At the time, Republicans wanted to block gay marriage in Massachusetts by amending the constitution with an official marriage definition. Democrats argued against that, but they didn’t argue in favor of gay marriage. They argued that DOMA made such an amendment unneccessary. They assured people like Rick Santorum that the slippery slope case for gay marriage was bogus.

The new Democratic advocates for SSM fall into two camps. The first consists of people who always liked the idea of this but worried about losing national elections. In his memoir, Democratic consultant Bob Shrum remembers John Kerry fretting that the Massachusetts Supreme Court had forced Democrats to talk about gay marriage before they were ready to. “Why couldn’t they just wait a year?” he asked Shrum, mournfully. The second camp consists of people who really do oppose the idea of gay people getting married. Republicans argued that this second camp was tiny, and that liberals were hiding behind it. They were right!

Thanks to Bill Smee and Emma Roller for the actual work on that video clip.

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If We Only Had a Constitution

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Excellent article by a pastor in Illinois:

United_States_ConstitutionWe are learning today what it is like to live in a Democracy without a Constitution; and it is not pretty. No Democracy has ever lasted more than two hundred years before falling into chaos to be replaced by a tyrannical oligarchy headed by a “strong man” dictator. We have lasted a little longer only because of the lingering influence of the Constitution we once had. In a non-constitutional Democracy, or in our case, a post-constitutional Democracy, politicians have to give the majority of the people whatever they perceive it wants in order to hold onto power. This arrangement only lasts until the government has grown powerful enough that it no longer needs the approval of the people to stay in power. At that point, messy elections can be dispensed with, and the newly minted “leader” can rule by fiat until the next successful revolution.

Imagine how different things would be today if we had not abandoned our Constitution. We would not be sixteen trillion dollars in debt because the government would only be allowed to spend money for things the Constitution delegated as its responsibility. We would not be spending four million dollars to send our President on a Hawaiian holiday, because all expenditures would have to be first appropriated by the House of Representatives, and approved by the Senate for that particular purpose, with an accounting made to Congress and the people. The President would not be allowed to issue “Executive Orders” with the force of law, affecting the every day lives of the American people.

Federal laws would only be made by the federal legislature. Courts would not be making laws telling us how and when we can pray, or how we should educate our children.  Bureaucracies would not be issuing “rules” to tell us what kind of light bulb we should use, what kind of transportation we should buy, or what we should eat or drink and how much. Bureaucratic activity would be only what is needed to administer the specific laws written by Congress. Those bureaucracies and departments not established under the delegated powers of Congress would not exist. Our doctors would not have to consult with government to know how to treat our illnesses. Business failure or success would not be dependent on favorable laws by government; the market would determine what goods and services were needed and how much we were willing to pay for them.

We would have more control over the laws governing how we live because they would be made by our state and local legislative bodies whose members are within easy reach and more sensitive to our wishes. Laws passed would be more in keeping with the values of the community, not the values of politicians who had never set foot in our state, much less our community. We would not be working forty percent of our lives to supply the government with money used to buy the votes of its government-created dependents. Our tax burden would only be what is needed to carry out the delegated powers of government. Our schools would not be used to indoctrinate our children in statism and immorality, because they would be under our control and community supervision. Our teachers would consider their jobs a “calling” not a career and would teach for the love of teaching and not for fringe benefits.

Ah, for the good-old-days when America was ruled by law and not the whims of men; and those laws could be written in a few paragraphs easily understandable by the average person with a workable knowledge of the language and a good dictionary; when all laws flowed from the Supreme Law of the Land and not from the desire of “do-gooders” who believe that we all should live in a two-tier society made up of the ruling elites and the worker drones who subsist on the largess of government. Is it possible that liberty, once lost, can ever be regained? Let us pray that it can.

Illinois Conservative

Chick-fil-A ‘kiss’ day marred by ‘Tastes like hate’ graffiti

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This type thing reminds me of a spoiled child that doesn’t get their way, then retaliates in a childish way.  Dan Cathy was only expressing his personal opinion which he has a right to do. Of course in fairness I don’t believe they really know who did this at this time. I haven’t seen anything yet about security video showing who did it…It is very possible this was done to incite the right against the gay movement even more…..you never know now days. Anything is possible today.

Chick-fil-A issued a cheerful statement of welcome to the Kiss Day protesters: “We understand from news reports that Friday may present yet another opportunity for us to serve with genuine hospitality, superior service and great food.”

On a day that some gay-rights activists are planning a “National Same-Sex Kiss Day,” a Chick-fil-A in Torrance was vandalized overnight with hateful graffiti.

Chick-fil-A employees were greeted Fridays morning with the words “Tastes like hate” scrawled in large black lettering mimicking the chain’s advertising across the back wall of the restaurant at 182nd Street and Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance.

With media helicopters hovering overhead and police officers on the scene, one employee said, “I’m just trying to sort everything out.”

Chick-fil-A has been at the center of media scrutiny and public debate ever since the company’s president publicly expressed his opposition to same-sex marriage.

On Friday, some gay-rights activists are encouraging same-sex couples to go one of the chicken restaurant’s locations and take a photo or video of themselves kissing.

It remains unclear whether this protest will generate the huge crowds that turned out Wednesday for “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” when tens of thousands waited through long lines in a show of support for the executive.

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The privately held company declined to give specific sales figures but released a statement to the Los Angeles Times confirming that frenzied sales of chicken sandwiches and cross-cut waffle fries had made for a record-setting day.

“We are very grateful and humbled by the incredible turnout of loyal Chick-fil-A customers on August 1 at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country,” said Steve Robinson, executive vice president of marketing, in the statement. “While we don’t release exact sales numbers, we can confirm reports that it was a record-setting day.”

Newport Beach resident Ian Conger cited both business and religious reasons for dining Wednesday at the relatively new Costa Mesa location.

What If the Supreme Court Decides Same Sex Marriages Are Constitutional

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I’ll have to add here, marriage has always been done on a State level, so I and I’m sure Steve as well believe it should stay that way. Not something the Supreme Court should decide for all States. I believe the 10th amendment applies here, but that probably won’t stop it from going to the Supremes and getting a ruling.

Black Pastor attacks Obama over gay marriage

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Rev. Williams Owens, a critic of President Barack Obama, says the president is bowing to the gay community.

Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day brings out supporters, protesters

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Where’s all that tolerance from the gay community? What’s happen to free speech? I hear on Friday , the gay community will be on the property of chick fil a . .. Protesting. Uh, guess we till have to go again on Friday. Maybe we’ll have some Christian tracts with us to give them.

It used to be that taking a bite of a chicken sandwich just meant you were hungry. Now it has become a symbol of whether you stand for or against same-sex marriage, or – alternately – the right to express your personal views without fear of retaliation.

At Chick-fil-A locations across the country, people voted with their wallets today, coming out to express support for the fast-food chain after CEO Dan Cathy said in an interview that he is a firm backer of “traditional marriage.”

“I believe what the Bible says (about marriage),” Chauncy Fields told us after wolfing down a breakfast of chicken and biscuits.  “So I came out here to support Chick-fil-A and the movement.”

Chris Johnson sees a double standard. “He (Dan Cathy) said the exact same thing that President Obama said,” Johnson told Fox News — referring to the president’s past opposition to gay marriage – “And he gets negativity, and Obama gets positivity.”

At one Atlanta location, the restaurant was packed, while the line for the drive-thru looped twice around the building and out into the street.
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NAACP votes to support marriage equality

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Oh, but they’re not trying to cram this down anyone’s throat……We’re talking about a small minority in America that this type marriage applies to. You would think the majority of America is gay already with it being pushed from everywhere all of a sudden, the President, NAACP, legislators in several States…..Yet everytime it is put on a ballot for the “People” to vote on, it loses big time……anyway here’s the article.

The NAACP waded this weekend into the debate cracked wide open with President Obama’s recent public support of gay marriage, as the group’s national board voted on Saturday in support of same-sex unions.

By Steve Ruark, AP

According to a press release on the website of the Baltimore-based civil rights organization, the board of directors passed a resolution supporting marriage equality.

“The mission of the NAACP has always been to insure the political, social and economic equality of all people,” Roslyn Brock, chairwoman of the board, said in the statement.

Said Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO, in that same statement: “Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law. The NAACP’s support for marriage equality is deeply rooted in the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and equal protection of all people.”

The NAACP vote comes about a week and a half after President Obama’s decision to support gay marriage and the subsequent decision by the pastors of some black churches to blast the president’s decision.

Bishop Timothy Clarke, head of the First Church of God in Columbus, Ohio, told his congregation that he opposes gay marriage, but also told USA TODAY that he hopes Obama’s decision does not become a political football.

Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, praised the NAACP decision in a statement released on the group’s website.

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