Conservatives Upset By Other Conservatives Being Conservative On Gay Marriage

By: Wednesday March 27, 2013 1:42 pm

Russell Kirk once said conservatism was not a set of ideas as much as “a mood.” If so then conservatism is in a curious mood as gay marriage gains wider acceptance. There has always been a schism between fiscal conservatives and social conservatives but as homosexuality has become more normalized and less taboo, particularly to [...]

House Republican-Funded Pro-DOMA Legal Team Strikes Out Again in Second Circuit

By: Thursday October 18, 2012 10:46 am

A three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, upholding lower-court rulings that found the law, which discriminates against the marriage rights of gays and lesbians, unconstitutional. The author of the opinion, Dennis Jacobs, is a very conservative George H.W. Bush appointee. But even he had [...]

DHS Issues Written Guidance for Immigration Officials that Same-Sex Couples Are in “Family Relationships”

By: Friday September 28, 2012 11:26 am

The Department of Homeland Security today announced a change to immigration rules, saying that they would consider same-sex couples as “family relationships” for the purposes of immigration policy. Specifically, the written guidance reads, “In an effort to make clear the definition of the phrase ‘family relationships,’ I have directed ICE to disseminate written guidance to [...]

Thoughts on Day 1 at the DNC – The Rise of the Social Liberals

By: Wednesday September 5, 2012 6:26 am

You can read the big prime-time speeches from San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and First Lady Michelle Obama. They tell a coherent story of success borne out of struggle, the importance of government investment in education and opportunity as a bridge from the bottom, and the need to give everyone those same chances. They were [...]

Romney Cites Desire for Privacy on Mormon Church Tithing

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 12:24 pm

Gawker just dumped 950 pages of internal documents, mostly internal audited financial statements, from 20 funds tied to Bain Capital, investment vehicles for Mitt Romney, which they claim “reveal the mind-numbing, maze-like, and deeply opaque complexity with which Romney has handled his wealth, the exotic tax-avoidance schemes available only to the preposterously wealthy that benefit [...]

First Circuit Court of Appeals Finds DOMA Unconstitutional

By: Thursday May 31, 2012 8:18 am

A three-judge panel of the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston has affirmed a ruling declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, bringing the case one step closer to an ultimate resolution at the Supreme Court. In an opinion written by Judge Mike Boudin, a George H.W. Bush appointee and former deputy assistant Attorney [...]

President’s Marriage Equality Support Leads to Rise in Support Nationally

By: Wednesday May 23, 2012 10:15 am

Two weeks after the President’s announcement of support for marriage equality, a Washington Post/ABC News poll shows more support than ever before, with 53% of the public favoring marriage equality and just 39% opposed. Among key communities, the inference can be made that the President’s announcement has shifted support. However, you also see in the [...]

Clyburn Rejects Obama’s State’s Rights Approach on Marriage Equality

By: Monday May 14, 2012 12:54 pm

A positive side effect of Barack Obama’s shift on marriage equality, aside from revealing Andrew Sullivan’s daddy fixation, is that it has forced a good bit of the Democratic establishment to come off the fence and to support equality themselves. Since the announcement last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer [...]

LGBT Donor Boycott Appears Over After Marriage Equality Announcement

By: Thursday May 10, 2012 12:55 pm

So earlier today I was wondering whether the LGBT-led donor boycott of the Obama campaign would continue after his shift on marriage equality. After all, his Administration still planned to reject an anti-discrimination executive order, and this, not the President’s position on marriage equality, was the nominal reason for the boycott. Greg Sargent tracked down [...]

Despite Marriage Equality Shift, Obama Still Won’t Sign LGBT Anti-Discrimination Executive Order

By: Thursday May 10, 2012 6:15 am

I think that the President’s announcement yesterday on marriage equality is worthy of praise. Yet I also see John Cole’s point that, at the end of the day, the President merely expressed an opinion. Presidents expressing an opinion matters more than, say, me expressing one, but we can judge on actions and not words. And [...]

Obama Confirms Support of Marriage Equality

By: Wednesday May 9, 2012 12:16 pm

video platform video management video solutions video player ABC News has broadcast a preview of President Obama’s remarks from an interview with Robin Roberts today, and the President affirmed his support for marriage equality, saying that same-sex marriage should be legal. Here’s the full quote: OBAMA: I have to tell you that over the course [...]

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