Equality news round-up: NOM’s Brian Brown on President Obama’s marriage equality statement, and more
May 15, 2012
By Scottie Thomaston
- Brian Brown of the race-baiting National Organization for Marriage calls the vote in North Carolina “the end of Obama.” He predicts certain doom and things of that sort:
If Obama gets his way and DOMA is overturned, it’s only a matter of time before marriage is redefined for the entire country. Now he has signed up as an official cheerleader for that outcome.
As if that wasn’t enough, same-sex marriage radicals will descend on Charlotte and demand that the cause become a central plank of the Democratic Party platform. Nancy Pelosi is already enthusiastic about the prospect.
- Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer announced his support for marriage equality recently, following the president’s announcement of full support. It appears all the Democratic leaders are in support of marriage equality at this point.
- Democratic senate candidate in Nebraska (and former senator) Bob Kerrey also announced his support of marriage equality.
- Is marriage equality driving a wedge in the Republican party?
- Virginia’s General Assembly has rejected a qualified judge because he’s gay.
- Mitt Romney is intent on ignoring the issue of marriage equality.
- Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) recently made a joke about the president and marriage equality, and many aren’t happy with his comments. Tony Perkins of known hate group Family Research Council said:
“I don’t think it’s a laughing matter. I don’t think this is something we should joke about,” Perkins said. “We are talking about individuals who feel very strongly one way or the other, and I think we should be civil, respectful, allowing all sides to have the debate. … It’s not something to poke fun at other people about. This is a very serious issue.”
To see some of Tony Perkins’ comments on gay people, see GLAAD’s Commentator Accountability Project.
- A big GOP donor gave the maximum amount to Mitt Romney, and now that the president has announced support for marriage equality and Romney has announced opposition to even civil unions and gay adoption, the donor is switching to Obama and is asking for his money back. More here.
- A GOP representative says firing someone because of their sexual orientation is fine.
- Do Republicans support ENDA or not?