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“Judge Walker’s ruling overturning Prop 8 is an outrageous disrespect for our Constitution and for the majority of people of the United States who believe marriage is the union of husband and wife. In every state of the union from California to Maine to Georgia, where the people have had a chance to vote they’ve affirmed that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Congress now has the responsibility to act immediately to reaffirm marriage as a union of one man and one woman as our national policy.  Today’s notorious decision also underscores the importance of the Senate vote tomorrow on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court because judges who oppose the American people are a growing threat to our society.”

Those are the words of former Speaker of the House and total douche Newt Gingrich.  First off, Gingrich is going on marriage number three.  His infidelity is well documented.  When discussing the union of two people and the sanctity of marriage… what’s that they say about people in glass houses?

The bigoted Gingrich would like to take the basic human right of marriage and deprive homosexuals of that right.

Federal district judge Hon. Vaughn R. Walker recently rejected Proposition 8 as unconstitutional, which more than likely means a trip through the appeals process before leading to a final decision in the Supreme Court.  Walker had a very eloquent rationale for his decision:

Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license.  Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite sex couples are superior to same-sex couples. Because California has no interest in discriminating against gay men and lesbians, and because Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis, the court concludes that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.

Detractors will continue to chirp that California has voted not once, but twice, to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.  People of logic will continue to counter that it doesn’t matter what the majority wants if it denies the civil liberties of but just one American citizen.

Sources: 1, 2, 3

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

– Gautama Buddha, Kalama Sutra

New Rule: The Republican leadership in America must produce their birth certificates! Not because I doubt they’re Americans, I just want to make sure they’re not eight-years-old. I mention this because a major talking point on Fox News and hate radio these days is that, after a year and a half of Obama, it’s time to bring the “adults” back into power, so they can rein in our deficit, defeat terrorism, and focus on America’s real enemy: cleaning ladies in Arizona. But I must protest the premise, because conservatives are the ones who tend to believe in magical ideas, like: America is never wrong; you can defeat terrorism militarily; and lower taxes will somehow fix the deficit. And I’m not even mentioning the stuff about how Jesus used to fly around on a pterodactyl and just hated it when homos ate wedding cake.

Now, am I saying there are no adults in today’s Republican Party? Absolutely not, there are — but like a lot of parents today, the adults let their kids cow them. And silence them. And rule over them. Rush Limbaugh is a child, a primal scream of a man, but he gets his way because he’s the fat bully on the playground; and Glenn Beck is the weepy kid who’s always crying because he’s insane and you don’t know what he’s going to do and who he’s going to take with him.

-Bill Maher, May 2010

The problem with the tea party movement, besides their almost universal rejection of dentistry, is that they want money for nothing and chicks for free. They want a deregulated free market and their jobs to stay here in the US. They want guaranteed health coverage regardless of preexisting conditions without a big government mandate. They want to call themselves teabaggers and people to keep a straight face. And of course they want big tax cuts along with deficit reduction. I can’t even think of a suitable analogy for that disconnect – it’s like thinking getting a handjob will clean your garage.

-Bill Maher

If any other organization had done anything close to what the Church is being accused of, they’d be done! The Church is barely showing any contrition – for God’s sakes, look how sorry Domino’s was just for their shitty pizza! They had a bad sauce recipe and they’ve been out there nonstop – ‘Oh, we’re so sorry. Here, have some Crazy Bread!’

-John Stewart, April 2010

If Obama’s first legislative priority had been immigration or financial reform or climate change, we would have seen the same trajectory. The conjunction of a black president and a female speaker of the House – topped off by a wise Latina on the Supreme Court and a powerful gay Congressional committee chairman – would sow fears of disenfranchisement among a dwindling and threatened minority in the country no matter what policies were in play.

-Frank Rich, “The Rage Is Not About Health Care”

I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.

-Thomas Jefferson (1789)

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