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House Bans Base Chaplains’ Religious Freedoms

The House voted to ban Base Chaplains from being allowed to perform same-sex marriages. Talk about a blow against religious freedom. If a Chaplain’s religion or his own religious beliefs do not prevent him from performing a same-sex marriage, who the hell is the House of Representatives to prevent the marriage from taking place. I swear it is like the right-wing House hasn’t read the same Constitution as the rest of us.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”

Shame on those House members who voted for the ban.

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Gay Marriage will lead to Anarchy

According to football great, David Tyree, gay marriage will lead to “anarchy”. Tell that to Iowa, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. All five states recognize marriage equality and I don’t see them falling under anarchy. To Tyree, fighting gay marriage is a way to honor his God. Fine, if you believe that gay marriage dishonors God, then don’t have one. I find marriage inequality dishonors our founding fathers, our constitution and our country. We pride ourselves on being a free society, yet we don’t recognize the basic human right to allow our citizens to marry another adult.

While I respect Tyree’s opinion and his right to broadcast it, I believe he’s wrong. He’s missed the point of marriage equality. It doesn’t take away anything from straight marriages – it just adds to the pot of stable, legally recognized couples. Further, if he wants to protect straight marriage, perhaps he should work toward outlawing divorce – that thing that has caused a huge decline in longlasting marriages.

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Gay Rights and the GOP

I’m just going to lay this out for you:  If you are gay, you shouldn’t vote for a Republican.  Period.  End of story.

Yes, I know that you shouldn’t really be a one issue person, but gay rights and our fight for freedom is too high to put it into the hands of the Republican Candidates for President.

There are only two Candidates that do NOT support a gay marriage amendment – Herman Cain and Ron Paul – and neither of them has a chance of winning the general election.  A majority of Americans support gay marriage and the Republican Party is pandering to the extreme right of their party.

I don’t trust anyone of the Republican candidates on the issue of gay marriage.  I don’t want these people making what amounts to an important decision.  Although, I will admit that there is a part of me that thinks it won’t happen.  Afterall, Bush supported a anti-gay marriage amendment and it never came.  It’s a wedge issue and Republicans don’t like to give up their wedge issues.

On the other hand, I never thought the great state of Wisconsin could pass an anti-gay amendment and I was wrong.

So, let’s recap:  Gay = anti-Republican, at least until we have equal rights.

DOMA Defense…

Previously on Top Of My Head…

Back in February, I wrote that I was torn on President Obama and the Justice Department’s decision to not defend DOMA in Federal Court.  Today, I’m experiencing Deja Vu.

The Republicans announced that they will defend DOMA.  Again, I’m torn.

On one hand, I don’t want someone being able to challenge a law in court without the government mounting a defense against the challenge.  On the other hand, this law affects me and mine, so I want to see it go down in flames.

As quoted by NPR, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said, “I don’t think the House had any choice but to take the position that we were going to defend the work of the Congress. And only the courts are in the position of determining the constitutionality of any bill.”

And, he’s correct.

Unfortunately, this defense is falling along party lines.  The Democrats should sign on to defend the law as well.  However; I can understand their reluctance to do so.  Fifteen years ago, support for DOMA was huge.  A great many people were against the idea of gay marriage.  A vote against the law back then was probably more risky then than a support to overturn it is now.  To me, DOMA is an example of why we shouldn’t make DOMA a Constitutional Amendment.  A law is much easier to overturn than an Amendment.

That said, the Republicans have nothing to lose with their support and everything to gain.  Setting aside that they are doing the right thing, they will gain momentum with their base – people who are anti-gay.  On a side note, most of their base is anti-something.  The law, even as unjust as it is, needs to be defended in court.  That’s how our balance of power works.  I would give more credit to the Democrats if even one of them had the courage to say, “I don’t believe in the law, but it needs to be defended.”

Of course, I would give the Republicans more credit if they worked this hard to repeal DOMA.

Obama’s DOMA Decision

Man, I’m torn.

On one hand, I’m thrilled that DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) is probably going down.  On the other hand, I’m not happy about the way it is going to happen.

Here’s the thing, Obama is just plain wrong.  Yes, DOMA is unconstitutional.  Yes, DOMA makes some citizens of the United States unequal to other citizens.  Yes, I want to see DOMA gone.

However; there is a larger and more important issue at stake here.

If the Department of Justice doesn’t defend attacks on our laws in court, then no law is sound.  As much as I like Obama, this is a serious oversight on his part.  I would think that someone who specialized in Constitutional law would’ve had a little more sight into the big picture.  Calling on the Justice Department to not defend DOMA is wrong.  It sends the wrong message on our Nation’s laws.  It will allow the next President to decide that he doesn’t like a law and tell the DOJ to not do their job to defend our Nation’s laws.

I’ve heard talk among gay people that Obama hasn’t done enough for us.  But, seriously, did anyone really cast their vote for Obama thinking that him being President would mean gays and lesbians would be allowed to legally marry?  I know I didn’t.

I, also, believe that at this moment in time, we have more pressing matters.  Our economy – though it is improving – needs more hand holding.  We need to put the money taken from Social Security and put it back in.  We need to improve our education.  Gay marriage is a little low on the list.

I know President Obama is a politician and politicians do things to gain political power or to make their base happy (Can anyone say Scott Walker and Koch Industries?), but I a truly disappointed in Obama.  I expected more from him than a cold bone that will harm our legal system for years to come.  I wanted the DOJ to defend DOMA to their best of their abilities and then lose because the law is morally bankrupt and unconstitutional.  I wanted a ruling that would stick for years to come, not a band aid.

Obama should’ve come up with a better way to do this.

NOM at it again!

MG from NOM is propagandizing again in an upcoming OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting) program. This link goes to an article about it before the show and asks “what does marriage mean to you” It’s asking for input in the comments section.

http://www.opb.org/thinkoutloud/shows/meaning-marriage/

Let’s tell NOM that marriage is for everyone and not the chosen few, like they believe.

Credit to Jennifer White.  I saw this on her facebook page!

Freedom To Marry

The National Organization for Marriage – NOM – is holding a huge fundraiser to prevent marriage equality in this great country of ours.  If you believe that marriage is between two people who are in love, please consider donating to Freedom to Marry.  I believe that this isn’t a tax deductible donation because they are a political organization, but any little bit you can give will help move our nation into the light of marriage equality.

You know, we all have a gay cousin…Wouldn’t you like to attend his or her legal marriage ceremony?  I know I would.  (But, in my family, I am the gay cousin.)

Taxes and More Taxes

The election is over and now it is time for the lame duck Congress to get back to work. But, even though it won’t do any good, I wanted to bring up taxes.

Everyone thinks – Warren Buffett the exception – that they pay too much in taxes. Because I have an extra taxable amount added to my normal salary this year, Cheryl and I have been paying a lot of attention to just how much we’ll owe in taxes come April 15th. By my calculations, between the two of us, we’ll owe a grand amount of $12,126, a tax rate of 13.40%. For a fun time, I thought, “Hey, what if we could file our federal income taxes jointly?” So, I used the IRS Withholding Calculator and did just that. If we were married, our tax amount would be $11,281, a tax rate. That is a tax rate of 12.47% and a total of $845 less. It makes me mad every time I think about it.

What is it that Cheryl and I receive from the federal government that is worth the extra $845? Do we have extra rights? Extra protections? Will the government take care of us when we’re old and gray in a better manner than a straight, married couple?

No, no and – I know you’re shocked – no.

We receive NOTHING for the extra dollars removed from our paychecks every single year. And, if Paul Ryan gets his way, it will only get worse. (Check out Paul Ryan’s Roadmap for America and you’ll see his plan for two tax tiers.)

By denying gay couples the legal right to marry at the Federal level, the nation is over-taxing approximately 770,000 couples in this country.  Let’s make a big assumption, because I don’t have actual figures on incomes, that our over-taxed amount is what every other gay couple pays more than straight couples.  That works out to an extra $650,650,000 in the nation’s tax coffers.

Do we get a thanks for that?

No, we don’t.

Maybe, that’s the real reason why the right-wing doesn’t want us to get married.  That’s a lot of dough!

As a gay person, I purpose that in the next election, we come together to fight for our marriage rights.  We fight for equality.  We’re paying a lot of money to be considered second class citizens.

Who’s with me?

Below is a video I made last August.

GOP – Lock up the Homosexuals

I have never been so scared in my life. I truly believe that if we let the Republicans take over in power that gay people will slowly, but surely, be locked up in jail. These far right wing people – who spread hate and fear – will gain power and change the laws that allow us our freedoms. This isn’t the fringe, people, the following quotes are actually from the party platforms of Montana and Texas.

First, Texas:

“We believe that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases.”

“Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have beenordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans.”

“Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle in our public education and policy, nor should “family” be redefined to include homosexual “couples.

Now, Montana:

We support the clear will of the people of Montana expressed by legislation to keep homosexual acts illegal.

Do those sound like people who can be reasoned with?

And, if we’re not locked up, perhaps we can be “cured” like Christine O’Donnell is insisting.

Until the Republican Party stands up and says NO to the “fringe”, I don’t think any of us can vote Republican anymore.

I support lower taxes and smaller government, but these people are a threat to my very existence.  They threaten my livelihood.  It’s one small step from outlawing homosexual acts to making it illegal to hire a homosexual.

Remember this:

They came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.

It can happen here – we’ve done it before.  Remember?  We locked up all of the Japanese during World War II.  They lost everything.

We can do it again.  It didn’t take much for Hitler to convince an entire country that Jewish people were evil.

It won’t take much for the O’Donnells and Ravndals of the world to pass the laws needed to round up all of us gay people – one at a time.  It’s what they want and if we elect them, it’s what they’ll get.

I think I’ll go purchase a gun, because I’ll need it in order to protect my family.

Lesbian home destroyed – Arson Suspected

I found this on the AMERICAbloy Gay.  A home belonging to a lesbian couple was burned to the ground.  Carol Ann and Laura Stutte love the area, but do not plan on rebuilding there.  John Aravosis, “It will be interesting to see if the administration helps.”  But, I think he’s wrong.  Equality for gays and lesbians won’t happen because a Democratic President calls for it.  It will happen when neighbors start watching out for each other.

I blame the whole thing on the people who live in that neighborhood.  Maybe if they had reacted and called the cops when the couple’s garage was being spray painted with “Queers”, a house burning wouldn’t have happened.

On the other hand, that’s pretty much what you can expect when you’re gay and you live below the mason dixon line.  Nothing but haters down there.  Might be a few good ones, but I promise you — I will never live in the south.  No one can ever convince me that the uneducated, backward masses do not outnumber the people who are goodhearted, educated people.

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