GOP Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona has vetoed Senate Bill 1062, which would have make it okay for businesses to discriminate against gays based on the “religious beliefs” of their owners and employees. No soup (or wedding cake) for you!
As with Medicaid expansion, I hope other GOP governors will follow Brewer and do the right thing for their citizens.
Also today, a federal court in Texas found that state’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional.
Back when I was growing up, right-wingers who saw Communists everywhere in this country wanted those on the left to move to Russia. I think those on the right who are unhappy here should move to Putin’s Russia.
The NationalEnquirer says that the Obamas’ marriage is basically over, and that Michelle found out that the Secret Service covered up two instances of his cheating on her. They claim she was refusing to return to DC for her birthday party, but finally agreed.
I know, consider the source, but they were right about John Edwards, and we all know there was something really off about her not returning from Hawaii with the Prez and the girls after Christmas. Their younger daughter, Sasha, always looks unhappy in public. I think the older one, Malia, is better at putting on a public face.
This really is the Summer of Love (or at least Lust), people.
As we wait to find out who Eliot Spitzer is shtupping (or we can do this ourselves by process of elimination — I think we can rule out Christine Quinn, Sydney Leathers, Lauren Silverman, Lena Dunham, and Ivanka Trump, for example), former Secretary of State Colin Powell, 76, is denying that he ever had an affair with Romanian diploma Corina Cretu, 47, whom he met about 10 years ago.
Powell’s email got hacked, and there are some extremely personal and friendly exchanges between the two.
We think of the federal government as having gobbled up and pre-empted so much power at the expense of the state, but right now, when you look at abortion rights, voting rights, and gay marriage, the states are very much in control of whether or not we get to exercise our constitutional rights. If you live in a GOP-controlled state, fuhgeddaboudit.
It’s not a total victory, but today’s two Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage are definitely gains for those supporting the right.
In the California Proposition 8 case, the Court ruled 5-4 that those seeking to defend the proposition (which bans gay marriage) lacked the standing to do so. Since they don’t have standing either before the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court, that means the district court decision allowing gay marriage was not reversed. It was a narrow and limited victory, but a victory nonetheless. The state of California would have had standing to defend the proposition voted for by its citizens, but it chose not to.
In the Defense of Marriage Act case, the Court acted more broadly and decisively in striking down the law, holding 5-4 that the federal government must recognize gay marriages from states where such marriages are legal. Besides being a victory for gay marriage, it is also a victory for states’ rights.
Much speculation that Rupert Murdoch’s divorcing of his wife Wendi is because she had an affair with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Blair is godfather to the Murdochs’ older daughter, Grace.
Tony’s not helping. His spokesman issued a Clintonian denial that they “are” having an affair. Notice lack of “never had” an affair.
Is this the affair that so shocked David Cameron and was supposed to be a threat to his governing agenda? I don’t see why it would affect Cameron’s government.
Update — Blair’s spokesman is now saying there was never an affair.