"Our nation's permanent mission is to form a ‘more perfect union’ – deepening the meaning of freedom, broadening the reach of opportunity, strengthening the bonds of community. That mission has inspired and empowered us to extend rights to people previously denied them. Every time we have done that, it has strengthened our nation. Now we should do it again, in Illinois, with marriage equality. Since the days of Abraham Lincoln, Illinois has stood for the proposition that all citizens should be treated equally under the law. Lincoln himself came to Springfield in search of opportunity, and he dedicated his life to securing equal opportunity for all citizens. I believe that for Illinois and for our nation as a whole, in the 21st century that must include marriage equality.”
Nicely said, Mr. President.
Steve King, Republican Iowa Congressman, saying Obama should have honored Tim Tebow for being Christian and not Jason Collins for coming out:
"I hear the president reducing or lowering American values by his comments that take place in the public and in the press. Think about the things he's chosen to take sides on. ...[W]e've got Tim Tebow who will kneel and pray to God on the football field. Meanwhile we have a professional athlete that decides he's going to announce his sexuality and he gets a personal call from the United States to highlight the sexuality of a professional ballplayer. These are ways that the culture gets undermined, where it gets divided. The people over on this side take their followership from that kind of leadership. One notch at a time, American civilization, American culture, western civilization, western Judeo-Christiandom are eroded."
Um, Steve, you clinking, clanking, clacking, collection of caliginous junk?
It takes great strength to come out as gay, even these days, and especially in the world of professional sports.
Tim Tebow has never felt the need to hide his faith in order to play the game, live his life, or keep from being beaten while walking the streets.
Jason Collins did not have that privilege.
Andrew Sullivan, taking on Peggy Noonan's claim that "We are in the midst of the worst Washington scandal since Watergate":
"Has this president broken the law, lied under oath, or authorized war crimes? Has he traded arms for hostages with Iran? Has he knowingly sent his cabinet out to tell lies about his sex life? Has he sat by idly as an American city was destroyed by a hurricane? Has he started a war with no planning for an occupation? Has he started a war based on a lie, and destroyed the US’ credibility and moral standing while he was at it, leaving nothing but a smoldering and now rekindled civil sectarian war? So far as I can tell, this president has done nothing illegal, unethical or even wrong."
Sit down, Peggy, you must be tired of fanning the flames for the GOP.
David Barton, religious ‘historian’, on AIDS and the recent meningitis outbreaks being God’s punishment to The Gays:
"I've gone on record before, and I'll say it again: I think Romans 1:27 is one of the reasons that we'll never find a complete cure for AIDS; and if we do there will be another disease pop up like this bacterial meningitis because the Bible says this, Romans 1:27 says 'men committed shameful acts with other men, sexual acts, and received in themselves the due penalty for the error.' God says there is a penalty in your own body when you do this kind of sexual acts - the Bible calls them shameful sexual acts - and so we as Christians have to have that same position, regardless of what the culture says."
Um, David, while you’re playing the fool, please to explain the non-gays, the women, the children, who have HIV or AIDS and what shameful acts they’ve committed for your God to punish them so? Please, also explain the non-gays who come down with meningitis as a punishment?
Maybe your God doesn’t really exist.
Brian Brown, NOM spokesman, on the murder of Mark Carson:
"We condemn in the strongest possible way the murder of a gay man in New York by a killer who apparently hurled anti-gay insults at him moments before the killing. This senseless act cannot be condoned in America or anywhere, and we urge that the perpetrator be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Our heart goes out to the family of the victim, and we hold them in our prayers. While this killing appears to have no connection to the current debate about redefining marriage, there is no room for violence toward any American — whether they support traditional marriage or not. No person should be subjected to violence because they are gay or lesbian or because they believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. There is no place for violence, period."
I don’t like NOM, and I fully expected them to say nothing about the murder of Mark Carson, or the rash of gay bashings around the world these days, but I will say that this statement pleasantly surprised me.
Of course, I fully expect the NOM bigot brigade to keep marching on after this small respite.
Michele Bachmann, on how to repeal Obamacare:
"I think the President will ultimately be forced to repudiate his own signature piece of legislation because the American people will demand it. And I think before his second term is over, we’re going to see a miracle before our eyes, I believe God is going to answer our prayers and we’ll be freed from the yoke of Obamacare. I believe that’s going to happen and we saw step one last week with the repeal of Obamacare in the House. We have two more steps. We serve a mighty God and I believe it can happen."
Oh Michele, you are seriously the most f**ked up, delusional piece of sh*t politician I have ever seen or heard.
God can repeal laws? God?
The only thing God might repeal, if you keep pissing her off by invoking her name in your march toward crazy, is the entrance of your soul to Heaven. Be gone, before someone drops a house on you.