As a conservative concerned with stabilizing families to rely less on government aid, I have been convinced: I’ve been worrying about the wrong thing. Stopping same-sex marriages does nothing to support families battered by economic adversity. Instead, it excludes and punishes people who seek only to live as conservatives would urge them to live. Treating same-sex partnerships differently from husband-wife marriages only serves to divide and antagonize those who ought to be working together.
To celebrate Anderson Cooper’s coming out in an email to our Andrew Sullivan, here are his most dramatic moments.
Frontpage: Monday, June 25th
1. Court Decides on Immigration Law: The Supreme Court struck down key portions of Arizona’s SB 1070 on Monday, a strict set of immigration regulations that was signed into law in 2010 by Governor Jan Brewer.
2. Mumbai ‘08 Attack ‘Planner’ Arrested: Police in India have arrested a man they say is responsible for planning the brutal 2008 attacks that left 165 dead in Mumbai.
3. Health-Care Decision Looms: The Supreme Court may hand down its ruling as soon as Monday on President Obama’s signature health-care law. The much-anticipated ruling is sure to continue to draw debate, as both Mitt Romney and Obama defined it as a key election-year issue in the lead-up to the decision.
4. Issa: No Evidence of Cover-Up: Going after the attorney general is one thing. Implicating the president, Congressman Darrell Issa said in an appearance on Fox News Sunday, is something else.
5. Tortoise Lonesome George Dies: Thought to be the last of his kind, giant tortoise Lonesome George was found dead by officials at Galápagos National Park on Sunday.
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A man waves a large rainbow flag in the street during the Gay Pride Parade in New York, Sunday, June 24, 2012. See photos here from more of this weekend’s gay pride parades from around the world.
And if you’re a gay man wanting to marry another gay man, how does that impact me personally? You know, it doesn’t … It’s not about whether I’m Catholic or whether or not the party platform says this or whether or not the Democrats were the ones who brought it in the first place. All of that’s really irrelevant.
The United States will begin using American foreign aid to promote gay rights abroad, Obama administration officials said on Tuesday.But Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton underscored Mr. Obama’s remarks, in a speech delivered in Geneva in connection with International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10.
President Obama issued a memorandum directing American agencies to look for ways to combat efforts by foreign governments to criminalize homosexuality.
The new initiative holds the potential to irritate relations with some close American allies that ban homosexuality, including Saudi Arabia.
“I am not saying that gay people can’t or don’t commit crimes,” she said. “They can and they do. Just like straight people. And when they do, they should be held accountable. But it should never be a crime to be gay.”
The directive comes after the Parliament in Uganda decided to reopen a debate on a controversial bill that seeks to outlaw homosexuality, a move that could be expanded to include the death penalty for gay men and lesbians. That bill had been shelved earlier this year amid widespread international condemnation.
In-fucking-credible first step.
And here’s the next son-defends-lesbian-moms video we predict will be going viral.
At a South Carolina book signing, an 8-year-old boy named Elijah whispered to Bachmann, “My mom is gay and she doesn’t need fixing.” Bachmann responded with a blank expression, then waved to him as he runs away. The person who filmed the event told Chicago Now that Elijah’s mom had been standing in line to speak to Bachmann herself, but decided she was too nervous. But Elijah insisted that they stay so he could give Bachmann the message himself.
Good job, Elijah!
The sexuality of Bert and Ernie — perhaps the kid show’s most popular characters — has long been debated since the roommates sleep in the same room and constantly bicker.
An online petition to encourage Bert and Ernie to get married is gaining steam. Also, marriage = sleeping in the same room and constant bickering.