Following the defeat of the same-sex marriage bill in the Illinois House last Friday, critics claim the African American Clergy Coalition should be thanking the 64 white legislators who stood up for traditional marriage.
"After the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act was not called for a vote in the state House of Representatives, the African American Clergy Coalition gave the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus all the credit for killing it," wrote Edward McClelland, the author of Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President, in his NBC-Chicago Ward Room column on Monday.
"That's wrong," he contends. "Also wrong are gay marriage advocates who blamed the defeat on black legislators knuckling under the pressure from conservative clergymen in their districts. Because if you look at who was in favor of the bill, and who was opposed, African-Americans would have cast a higher percentage of 'yes' votes than whites. Eleven of the 20 black House members were prepared to vote yes, four were committed to vote no, and five were undecided." more >>
Someone at the Internal Revenue Service gave confidential National Organization for Marriage tax documents to the Human Rights Campaign, Dr. John Eastman, NOM's chairman of the board, testified Tuesday before the House Ways and Means Committee.
In March 2012, HRC published on its website one of NOM's tax forms that contained the names of its donors, explained Eastman, who is also Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service at Chapman University School of Law and chairman of The Claremont Institute's Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence. The information was republished on other websites, including The Huffington Post.
NOM and HRC have been on opposite sides of the debate on whether to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples. NOM does not publish the names of its donors, Eastman explained, because doing so would subject them to harassment. more >>
The Rt. Rev. Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury and spiritual head of the Anglican Communion, defended traditional marriage on Monday as part of a two-day government debate on a bill seeking to add gay couples to the definition of marriage.
Welby warned that the bill would create different and unequal forms of marriage and will weaken society as a whole, The Guardian reported.
"Marriage is abolished, redefined and recreated – being different and unequal for different categories. The new marriage of the bill is an awkward shape with same gender and different gender categories scrunched into it – neither fitting well," the archbishop of Canterbury said during the debate, during which 91 people are scheduled to speak. more >>
Republicans should back off opposition to same-sex marriage, College Republicans argue in a new report on how to gain the support of young voters.
Using a March survey of young voters, those under 30, by the College Republicans National Committee, the report found that many young voters would not vote for a Republican candidate if they opposed same-sex marriage, even if they agreed with the candidate on a range of other issues.
About two out of five young voters, 39 percent, said that opposition to same-sex marriage would make them less likely to vote for a candidate, and one-third, 33 percent, said the issue would make no difference. Most young voters, the survey found, believe that jobs and the economy are the most important issues. Only 11 percent answered that making same-sex marriages legal was a high priority. more >>
The National Organization for Marriage, which advocates for legally defining marriage as being between only one man and one woman, declared victory in Illinois after the House failed to pass a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.
Brian Brown, president of NOM, said in a statement that the news from Illinois was a "stunning victory" for "our allies and supporters, as well as Illinois families who have worked tirelessly with us to preserve marriage in Illinois."
"With a coalition that included strong support from the African American community as well as so many others throughout the state, we did what nobody in the intelligentsia thought was possible," said Brown, whose organization spent over $125,000 in grassroots efforts to defeat Illinois Senate Bill 10. more >>
When asked if Attorney General Eric Holder should resign for the numerous scandals in which he finds himself, MSNBC contributor Michael Eric Dyson said, "What [Holder] should understand is that he is the chief lawgiver of the United States of America, so to speak – he's the Moses of our time, and at least for this administration."
To state the obvious: nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, Moses could demand quite a few things of President Obama, America's modern day Pharaoh.
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